Civilians Saluting the Flag?
by Patriot Guard Rider
I read your comment at Veterans Salute the Flag, "Now, when you are in a public place, such as a parade or ball game, and you see civilians saluting the flag, at the appropriate time, take a moment to thank them for their service." Is this sarcasm?
I am a Patriot Guard Rider. I am a civilian. I place my hand over my heart at the appropriate time.
Veterans and active duty members of the military salute. There is a civilian that salutes, and the service men and women find it insulting. He thinks it's alright for him to salute, and salutes when the military does.
Is it or isn't it proper etiquette?
No, it isn't sarcasm at all.
Thanks for helping us clarify this issue, in case other readers are also confused by our comments.
As you correctly point out, active duty military and veterans have earned the right to salute our flag. Congress recently made that clear. The appropriate show of respect for a true civilian who has never served is to place the right hand over the heart.
Once a veteran leaves active duty, he or she becomes a civilian again.
Our comment simply meant to highlight that if you see someone in civilian clothing saluting our flag, that is your indication that person is a veteran, and it is appropriate (and appreciated) for you to thank him or her for serving. But as you correctly point out, the only civilians who should be saluting the flag are veterans.
You have our gratitude as a Patriot Guard Rider. You guys and gals do an awesome and much-needed job, and we thank you.
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