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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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SrA Jim Sammons
SrA Jim Sammons
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Why would anyone have an issue with anyone rendering a salute? Seems its a matter of showing respect and to bitch about someone doing so is a sign of someone being an asshole.
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SGT Ronald Peter
SGT Ronald Peter
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SrA Jim Sammons - Well said!!!
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SP5 Tom Flaherty
SP5 Tom Flaherty
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it is a sign of respect not a thing wrong with it.
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Cpl Larry Quillin
Cpl Larry Quillin
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I have done this before, will do it again and if it offends anyone, screw 'em & Semper Fi!
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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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SMSgt Bob Wilson
SMSgt Bob Wilson
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I don't need a regulation or a Congressional Act to salute. I can salute anyone, anytime to show my respect. REMEMBER: Saluting is a show of respect. Respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. You never saluted your spouse?
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SPC Ron Salsbury
SPC Ron Salsbury
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Regulation, or Law be damned, I will stand proud rendering a crisp salute to any and all right along the side of another individual, showing my respect and honor to those who gave the final measure.
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SPC Charles McFate
SPC Charles McFate
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A proper salute (not some of the half-assed ones seen on tv and/or movies) is our inner right to show that we remember our fallen brothers and sisters and show the respect they deserve for giving all to this great nation. Stand tall, snap to attention and salute, hold for a minimum of 10 seconds and recover...
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SGT David Schrader
SGT David Schrader
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SMSgt Bob Wilson - I have to salute my wife, she demands it.
All kidding aside, I can’t agree with you more.
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SGM Mikel Dawson
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Just try and stop me!
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SP5 Chris Owens
SP5 Chris Owens
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in "CIVILIAN" clothing...how do you know they are soldiers...and so what...a civilian can do whatever they want...thats what you fight for...freedom

all I want to know is what prompted this question in the first place
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it is so easy to se a former soldier to render the to the flag u know if u are a soldier too,
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SGT David Schrader
SGT David Schrader
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Our fallen heroes deserve to be saluted. As far as that goes I will also give a salute to any living WWII veteran that I come across, and give thanks to all my fellow veterans.
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Sgt Mark Jennings
Sgt Mark Jennings
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It's an act to show respect and in some cases honor. I say go with your heart. I salute all the time when I pass a "Purple Heart" or a BSM, SS, etc...etc.. license plate on the highway. I even say "by your leave Sir". B|
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