Rev Paul McCain, commenting on the post "Concordia Seminary basketball team sings the National Anthem", said "Whose job is it to tell the guys to put their hands over their hearts??"
So I did some checking on the etiquette involved with the National Anthem and here is what I found:
According to the US Code Title 36
- when the flag is displayed —
- individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
- members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
- all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; 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.
But what does this mean for those who are actually singing or playing the anthem? I can't find a definitive answer.