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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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SCPO Rick Hunter
SCPO Rick Hunter
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SSGT Lamb is 100% correct. Whenever I'm in Arlington National Cemetery, obviously I don't salute every grave, I'd not get much past the gate before the Park closed, but if I see a downed Flag, I'll reset it, step back and render a hand salute to the Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine buried there.
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SSgt Dennis Brown
SSgt Dennis Brown
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I remember reading the passage of the authorization to render military honors while in civilian attire...but I couldn't remember the exact time...but yes, it is 110% legal to do so, during a funeral, memorial, ballgame, or whenever you desire and uniforms are not required, after all, which of us "old farts" are gonna get a uniform just to be able to do it?? Ironically I was in army clothing sales this afternoon and noticed a single uniform, blouse and pants is damn near $100...so I'll stick to rendering honors in whatever I have on that day....
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SP5 Larry (Lawrence) Pitman
SP5 Larry (Lawrence) Pitman
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When I attended a relative's memorial/funeral at the Los Angeles Veterans Cemetery, the officer in charge informed us that all veterans were permitted to present the hand salute during taps.
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SN Lawrence Worthen
SN Lawrence Worthen
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SSgt Dennis Brown - no kidding! I went to the local navy base and checked on the old 13 button bell bottom dress uniform for use at special events. Close to $200.00 for a single blues uniform! Guess I’ll salute in civies as well…
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SGM Mikel Dawson
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Just try and stop me!
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My vision is even worse. My Karen wearing female uniform and needing a shave. Like maybe Admiral Rachel (Richard) L. Levine.
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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LMAO...
Nice Shot..!
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LCpl Stephen Arnold
LCpl Stephen Arnold
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Roger that Sergeant Major Dawson!
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SP5 Michael Barczykowski
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TSgt (Join to see) - He/She. Great signal of strength to the Chinese and Russians.
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LTC Paul Labrador
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Like anyone is going to stop you.....?
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Lt Col Flight Erdoc. MD / PhD
Lt Col Flight Erdoc. MD / PhD
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Exactly. And FWIW, this is a hill upon which I will die.
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SGT James LeFebvre
SGT James LeFebvre
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SGT Jim Giffin - Hey, now, lots of us POGs salute too. Probably a civvie who never served. I will salute and always will as long as I can physically do so.
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CPT Daniel Helix
CPT Daniel Helix
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You are all "spot on" here. Frankly, this should not even be a question of point of interest. The word that comes to my mind is "DUH"! Of course I can pay my respects for another vet, soldier, fallen hero in whatever manner I wish to do so. I fought for that right. You cannot regulate respect or the display thereof!
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SGT Brian Keefover
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CPT Daniel Helix - agree 100%. I have not worn the uniform for more than 20 years but spent 8 years of my life doing so proudly and with honor. NO ONE can stop me!
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