January 27th, 2009

Tea-drinker par excellence

Face the music

The US Code, Title 36,301 stipulates that if there is no flag present when the National Anthem is played, "all present should face toward the music".

Is this the same direction as pointing towards the future or facing up to the facts?

I find it really strange that there is a law that says what you do when the Anthem is played. In the UK we don't really play it very often, perhaps so as not to wear it out. But in the US, any minor sporting event or distribution of prizes seems to warrant an appeal to national pride. I suppose this explains why they love their country and we barely recognise ours.

I did stand with everyone else at the baseball last year, it seemed rude not to, but I didn't "stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart" although most did. It seemed unnaturally militaristic. But least now I know why they did it. It's the LAW!