Hubby and I were discussing this, and we both said stnad for the anthem, hand over heart for the pledge.
The reason being - you place your hand over your heart during the pledge to show your sincerity in the words that you are saying - like in court raising one hand and placing the other on the Bible.
But during the anthem, you are not saying any words, just standing in respect - not even really of the song, but of the flag (or both).
Technically the people that should place hand ove heart during the anthem would be anyoine who is singing it - because they would be offering up the words from their own mouths. But I have sang the anthem many times as part of differing choirs, and we have never done so.
We really ought to ask Jeff of the Veterans site, as ex-military, he would know exactly the proper protocol for both anthem and pledge.
Last edited by Michelle_Launch; 07/11/08 02:05 AM.