Oh Gabby, goodness me girl you have everybody and their momma looking up flag protocol and what to do during the National Anthem.
Apparently standing at attention with your hands at your side is very “Un Olympian and Un-American” –I always thought going to the Olympics, bringing home gold and being a part of Team USA were the things you need to qualify for those two positions but oddly I was wrong.
Since we must do this here is the protocal and origin of the tradition:
It’s tradition to put your hand over your heart and remove your hat during the Pledge of Allegiance or the national anthem, but why?
The hat removal and hand-over-heart rules aren’t just tradition, but part of the United States Flag Code on how people should conduct themselves during the pledge and The Star-Spangled Banner.
The tradition originated in the era of knights who wore helmets that completely covered their faces, according to Today I Found Out. It became customary for the knights to lift their visors to show their eyes to the monarch and others as a friendly response. Most individuals did this with their right hand to demonstrate they had no weapon on their sword-wielding arm, an act of submission.
Today, the flag code states: “When not in uniform men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.”
Veterans not in uniform may also salute, or choose to put the right hand over the heart.
Traditionally, women do not remove their hats, even when indoors. This was probably due to the fact that many pinned down their head ornaments, and an effort to remove it would result in destroying the woman’s hairstyle. Even today, on some occasions, it is not necessary for a woman to remove her hat.
According to the Emily Post Institute, women only need to remove their hat if it’s a sports cap. It is also customary for a hat to be specifically held in a person’s right hand.
The United States Flag Code also instructs non-U.S. citizens to stand at attention and remove nonuniform hats during the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem.
Infer from it what you want!
I do find it hilarious though that when Michael Phelps stood on the podium and laughed his head off last night he got a pat on the A$$ because that’s what all boys do when they are from Baltimore!
Read all about that here.
Oh Gabby if only you were *just* from Baltimore, and not the most scrutinized woman on the planet all while making history!