All this made me stand out at school events and sometimes earned the ire of teachers and students.
When I was a JW, I was taught:
If the national anthem was played first, I could not stand.
If the flag salute came first, I could stand and not salute. If AFTERWARD, they played the national anthem, I could remain standing since I was already.
These rules seem inconsistent and didn't make much sense to me. I couldn't back it up from the Bible. But I complied.
Earlier this year, I attended a college graduation where the national anthem was played. My then girlfriend (then wife) made me cover my heart during the national anthem. Truth be told, after all these years, it felt like an empty ritual and was pretty meaningless to me.