At the start of a wedding ceremony, and at various other formal events, people present are often asked to stand while a formal entrance is made. And when The National Anthem is played.
For someone sat in a wheelchair this is often impossible.
For some people who might be getting old they might not be in a wheelchair, but having been helped to sit down and to get up later, perhaps rather slowly, this could be awkward.
Yet all might not want to feel out of participation and would like to show respect.
I know it is not an ideal solution as not everybody could do it, but I wonder if there could be a known conventional way for a person unable to stand, or unable to promptly stand without help, to participate and show respect rather than just sitting there.
So, to start a discussion and maybe cause other ideas to be put forward and discussed, here is my idea, though it may not be suitable, which is why I am asking.
How about if someone places his or her right hand on his or her left shoulder?
I did notice that at the 2012 paralympics on television that people were asked to stand if you are able to do so. Perhaps that ought to be common polite practice at all events.
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