"Act of respect" is my point.
There is a difference between respect and worship.
In Canada, you do not stand.
WT policy is:
If the custom in your land is to stand AND sing, then you may stand ONLY.
If the custom is to stand ONLY, then you must remain seated.
How f'd up is that?
I and my siblings suffered through this nonsense, and we made our kids suffer.
One bro in our hall had a beer poured on his head for sitting through the anthem at a hockey game.
After that I stayed in the concourse at venues until the anthem finished.