So here we are on the verge on Memorial Day weekend and I have a question. I actually have a lot of questions but most are not appropriate for a wide audience.
I consider myself a patriot. I love my country and I have overwhelming gratitude and awe for the men and women who serve in the armed forces. Because of them, I can luxuriate in the freedoms I’m accustomed to. I don’t intimately know many active military personnel or veterans but the few I do, take their commitment very seriously, as they should. My very last intention would be to disrespect them or my country in any way.
What does any of this have to do with running?
In the countless races I have participated in for the better part of 15 years, I’ve heard my fair share of the National Anthem pre-race. I’ve been moved to tears, given chills and yes, even prayed for it to end already so we can go! This is only in the most nasty weather, I promise!
However, until very recently and thanks to Sue at This Mama Runs for Cupcakes, I never took my hat off.
At this point you’re having one of two reactions:
1. Yeah, so?
2. OMG you call yourself a patriot you irreverent, disrespectful traitor?
I honestly had no clue I was supposed to remove my hat out of respect. As a woman, with uncontrollable hair, this is due mostly to vanity. It doesn’t matter if I’m showered or unshowered or if I’ve had my hat on all morning or for 5 minutes, I will always resemble Eddie Munster upon removing it. #NotJoking
I’m happy to report, but unfortunately for those near me at the New Jersey marathon, I removed my hat for the National Anthem and felt damn good about it.
Now, Please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know this etiquette rule? I’m writing a piece on this for RunHaven so all honesty is greatly appreciated.
Happy Memorial Day!