Wednesday, June 11, 2008

flag etiquette

Summer is the time for parades and parades mean a lot flags going by. There is some etiquette (i.e., good manners) concerning this of which I was unaware. If people are present and a U.S.flag passes by or is hoisted or lowered, they "...should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart" (Section 9 of title 4, United States Code).

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 has this new provision: "Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute" (italics added). "The amendment does not address saluting the flag during the playing of the national anthem, pledge of allegiance, honors (i.e. Taps), or any other saluting situations" (military.com).

Be blessed.
RB

P.S. This Saturday, June 14th, is FLAG DAY.

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