I have noticed that many people spend a great deal of time fussing over what others do during patriotic rituals. I get it some people think those things are important, okay they are. However, I always ask myself what is more important the symbols of freedom or the freedom itself?
For example I no longer say the pledge of allegiance to the flag. I am polite when it is recited, but I stopped participating. As an agnostic, I do not believe, one nation under God is appropriate. First I don't believe it and second it feels ridiculous for me to repeat words I don't believe. Wonderfully, I don't have to say it. I have the freedom of speech, says so right there in the constitution, and I can refuse to recite the pledge of allegiance. Thomas Jefferson would be proud to know that I am exercising my rights.
Now if they ever go back to the original pledge of allegiance to the flag, I will gladly recite that oath anytime.