Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic-sized gripe!

I am shocked (and disgusted) at how many times I watch an U.S. Olympian get on the podium with the gold medal, and NOT know how to act during The National Anthem. It's embarrassing to watch. It's bad enough they don't remove whatever is on their head, or don't place their hand over their heart. What's worse is watching them look around, waving at friends and family, and dancing around on the podium as the flag is being raised and the National Anthem played. It ticks me off.


For those of you who are curious of the proper etiquette, here you are:

United States Code states that during a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart; men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

Dear Olympians,
When you win the gold medal, singing is optional. All other etiquette is not.

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