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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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1SG Jason Hastings
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The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed servicemembers, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag. A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008. -It is authorized for the flag. I wouldn't hold against someone honoring the fallen.
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Why is this an issues, you should be proud and honor as a fellows soldiers, shipmates and all those that served take the time to honor and pay respect to our fallen brother, it’s an old honor tradition to do what it’s necessary to up held this in or tradition. I do not need a piece of paper to tell me what to do or how to act on my feelings. Today generations does care or take the time to understand what we do, the daily flag burning, monument and graves desecration is an indication what is coming, may God help us all.
For those that have served and are servings.. Thank For Your Service.
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Cpl Anthony Sero
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Several years ago, my wife and I were on a road trip through the Southwestern USA. We happened to be on the same stretch of highway where the funeral procession for one of last Navajo Code Talkers was passing by.
We stopped and I got out , stood at attention and saluted this hero. My time in uniform is long past, but I will always be the MARINE that I was born to be. I salute the US Flag and no other, I still refer to Officers ( retired and active) as Sir.
A salute is not just an acknowledgement of superior rank, it is a sign of RESPECT!
I do not need any regulations to dictate whether I can show Honor and Respect to a Hero.
As for my saluting the Code Talker, I felt Honored and privileged to be in that place at that time to show my Respect for his actions during service to our Country during WW2.
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Capt Al Parker
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What about the President? Is it legal to render a salute to the President?
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CPL Jerald Nott
CPL Jerald Nott
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My father was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and he passed away two months ago. At his funeral, two veterans in uniform were there folding the flag and played taps. I saluted my dad along with the uniformed men, standing of course.
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SSgt Tony Lamb
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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 Leon Amer
SFC Leon Amer
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wow, what an emotional occasion THAT must have been ! I salute your stamina and enthusiasm for keeping our honored traditions alive!
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CSM Thomas Ray
CSM Thomas Ray
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SGT John Robinson - I was in the 3/7 inf. 199LIB Old Guard in 1970 and was offered a post at Arlington when rotating back to the states, but at that time I knew I wasn't going to make it a career, so I declined. If I had we probably would have met.
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SGT John Robinson
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CSM Thomas Ray - The chances are very good we would have! It was a very different time.., you may know another good friend of mine, CSM Dan Oltesvig.
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CSM Thomas Ray
CSM Thomas Ray
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SGT John Robinson - I don't recall CSM Oltesvig, but the 3/7 rotated back to the states from Viet Nam and I was transferred to the 1st Cav
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SGM Mikel Dawson
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Just try and stop me!
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SGT Jim Giffin
SGT Jim Giffin
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Not even a question whether to do it. Give honor where honor is due.
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SGT Anthony Rossi
SGT Anthony Rossi
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From a salute to knife hand to the throat. Merica!
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SSG Bob Teachout
SSG Bob Teachout
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The only person who is NOT allowed to salute is a prisoner.
Other than that, it is an honor to do so and for a fallen comrade,
I certainly would salute - in or out of uniform.
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CPT Jose A “Tony” Fernandez
CPT Jose A “Tony” Fernandez
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Once a warrior, always a warrior!
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