Posted on Mar 24, 2016
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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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SPC Curtis Underwood
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I am a vet and have not been to a funeral of a fallen comrade. But I would honor them with a salute. It shows respect and honor to the fallen.
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Maj David Guith
Maj David Guith
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What if a real civilian decided to salute the Flag or a memorial? Against the law? Anyone paying respect to our Flag or a memorial site should suffer no backlash. We have enough who spit on these treasures so I applaud anyone who does salute, uniform or not.
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SSG Everett Wilson
SSG Everett Wilson
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I try to show respect and honor to a fallen veteran. When taps is sounded indoors I stand, outside I salute. The memorial I went to I saluted when taps were being played, my brother-in-law (R-USAF) informed that it was disrespectful to salute during taps, and as a veteran I should know better and my sister told me it was down right stupid. I've been to to many memorial services during my time in the military. I will continue to show respect and honor the fallen. In talking to a CSM (Ret) he told me that there are three songs that will bring soldiers to attention-Star Spangle Banner, the Army Song, and Taps. I will still honor the fallen
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Joe Lombardo
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SPC Curtis Underwood - Veterans whom ride with Patriot Guard always Salute when appropriate throughout the Services of Laying a Veteran to Rest
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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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SSG Bob Teachout
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SCPO (Join to see) - That picture if John - is great But years later - he said he doesn't really remember doing so. But thats okay - it still a great testimony
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SFC Tim OReilly
SFC Tim OReilly
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SSG Bob Teachout - actually that depends a bit on the prisoner's status, yes? A POW is expected to salute superior ranking officers of any nation and especially those American POWs who rank him.
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CPO Bill Frey
CPO Bill Frey
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John Kennedy Jr saluted his father in 1963, the kid was about four years old (Iconic photo) If he had good sense to render the honor in front of millions you gotta wonder why we are even having this discussion! Enough said.
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LTC Lance Headrick
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I am with SGM Dawson. The Defense Act is nice, but not required.

If we were following the rules all the "Retired" General's would stay the FU*K out of elections. At least my FTA has to do with honoring the fallen.....theirs honors their ego and pocket.
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