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Why would people get angry at someone for not standing during the national anthem?

I understand some say that this is being disrespectful. I would think that being disruptive during the anthem would be disrespectful. If a person simply sits down and does not bother anyone else how is this wrong? In school, once I learned I did not have to do the pledge of allegiance I would simply sit quietly while everyone else did it. Before I would change the letters to the USSR, UK, UAE, or UAR. I figure my making a pledge at that time was not proper as I did not understand what it meant.

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