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I recently visited the Fallen Warriors Memorial on Cutten Road in Spring, TX. While I was there, I noticed a Veteran wearing a Vietnam hat and although I wanted to walk over to him and shake his hand, I decided to back off as he was paying his respects; however, prior to him leaving he stood in front of the memorial, came to attention and held a salute for a few seconds before bringing it down. So my question is actually coming from me as I've felt compelled to salute as well, but have refrained as I'm not sure what is correct.
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Hi, PFC Pereira.

A provision of the 2009 Defense Authorization Act changes federal law to allow U.S. veterans and military personnel not in uniform to render the military hand salute when the national anthem is played. The new law took effect on October 14.

This change adds to a provision which was passed in the 2008 Defense Bill, which authorized veterans and military personnel in civilian clothes to render the military salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag.

For the vet saluting a Fallen Warrior Memorial. That gesture honors a code among our brothers and sisters that transcends any rule or regulation, in my opinion. Any officer or enlisted personnel I know would get it, and likely do the same. I wouldn't care if it's dead on accurate or ridiculously against the rules. He is honoring his fallen brethren. With respect, I see absolutely nothing wrong with it.
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SFC Lyle Green
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Every Veterans Cemetary, every time I see or pass "ole Glory" gets a salute for honor from this man, even if I am naked. If one objects or makes some dip stick idiot remark....to hell with them.
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Capt Bruce Kramer
Capt Bruce Kramer
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It's never crossed my mind not to salute. I do it at every funeral for a fellow service member that I officiate at, and at ones I just attend. My last service included a 2-Star and a few Eagles in attendance at the church and at the graveside. As the flag was folded and taps played I (in my clerical clothing) stood at attention and saluted with the 2-Star and Eagles. The General later thanked me for my service and appreciated my showing of respect.... going on to say he thought it most appropriate whether in or our of uniform.
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PO2 Mark Fraktman
PO2 Mark Fraktman
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If I have a hat or cap (any 'cover;)on always render a hand salute. Since the Navy and Marine Corps don't salute uncovered, I MAY go hand over the heart like civilians.
Or. follow my Army and Air Force brothers and sisters and salute anyway.

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Love that they changed the regulation to do something I would do regardless
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SGM Mikel Dawson
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Just try and stop me!
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PO3 Carol Coring
PO3 Carol Coring
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Bobby, I agree with you.
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PO2 Mark Fraktman
PO2 Mark Fraktman
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PV2 Tommy Smith His son rendered a hand salute. And a very correct one for his size.
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MSgt Harry Campbell
MSgt Harry Campbell
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CPT Ian Stewart -
I am not being disrespectful but I am glad that you did what you did. Protocol never supersedes Brothers and Sisters in Arms...In my opinion, even Congress would agree
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CPT Ian Stewart
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MSgt Harry Campbell - From one Scot to another - Tango Yankee
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LTC Paul Labrador
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Like anyone is going to stop you.....?
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SSG Ken Potts
SSG Ken Potts
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You might, since you think you still have authority once you're out.
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Sgt Ed Allen
Sgt Ed Allen
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For me it is simple.
When honoring the flag
In civilian attire wearing a hat - I remove the hat and hold it over my heart while standing at attention
In civilian attire without a hat - Hand over my heart while standing at attention.
In ANY uniform with head gear - Salute
In any uniform with no head gear - Salute

If honoring a fellow service member, active, inactive. If I'm wearing a hat I'll salute. If no hat than I'll shake their hand. Then offer to buy them a drink.
If deceased. I'll salute if I have head gear on. I'll hold my heart over my hand while taps is played. Regardless, I'll show them respect.
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PV2 Tommy Smith
PV2 Tommy Smith
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"You might, since you think you still have authority once you're out."
It is truly sad that this new generation of Vet's were not taught what we were in the 60's and 70's about what we earned for our service to the country.
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Brad Miller
Brad Miller
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As Mr. Kipling said: there is no god but the Colonel and the Sergeant Major is his prophet.
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