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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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SGT Charles Cameron
SGT Charles Cameron
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I remeber; While stationed in Japan: '70-'72 as an MP, I worked Yakota AFB, Japan. I helped oversee the Freedom Flights" from Nam, was a "Detox Guard" at the hospital for the GI's going thru the "Joneses" in order to get clean for their discharge..."General Discharge under Honorable Conditions". Another duty was to "interface" with the flights with the body-bags of my brothers also going home.
Those are sad memories, I see NO PROBLEM in giving and holding a salute to those who "gave their all" for "the cause"...And always will pay honor. Horrah!
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SGT Joseph Dutton
SGT Joseph Dutton
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Saluting the fallen or someone in passing is an honor and respect, whither Friend or FOE. Do what your comfortable in doing but never intervene what him/her does unless it is negative what they are doing. Who cares if they are in their birthday suit or full dress military uniform.
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SPC Steve Geringer
SPC Steve Geringer
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I salute the flag in memory of all brothers and sister who are serving, I keep in my memory of the brothers who didn't come home. 4th Infantry, 4th Engineers. 72-75.
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Lt Col Anders Bergmann
Lt Col Anders Bergmann
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It is authorized for the flag...and a flag drapes the coffin of a fallen hero.
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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
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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Damn skippy!!!! I'll salute when I seem it appropriate.
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SFC Leon Amer
SFC Leon Amer
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PFC (Join to see) - Just started my 17th year of retired status and can't recall ever hearing or reading THAT phrase since I was active ! Say that nowadays without a veteran around, people think you're talking about peanut butter!
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SSgt Larry Province
SSgt Larry Province
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If I had to salute such things as the hole under the mailbox that a chipmunk lived in because some jerk declared the chipmunk to now be an officer, then I am pretty confident now as a civilian veteran, I'll salute whomever and whenever I deem it appropriate!
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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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