I AM RETIRED FROM THE ARMY AND THINK IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT WE ARE ALLOWED TO SALUTE THE FLAG WHEN OUT OF UNIFORM.
I belong to an organization that a veteran salutes when 'TO THE COLORS' is played. Is this wrong or not? I feel that it is but want to make sure before I approach him about this matter.
Please enlighten me before I stick my foot in mouth. I would like to send or give a copy of something showing that it is not proper or is proper.
THANK YOU, TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS.
1SG NICKLAY (Ret)
First, thank you for your service, and for taking the time to post your question.
I have to admit, I had to look up "To the Colors" to see exactly what it was -- such a familiar tune, yet the title wasn't. For anyone else who's wondering, this is "To the Colors":
The US Army Bands web site states, "'To the Color' is played while the flag is raised and lowered to render honors to the nation. It is used when no band is available to render honors, or in ceremonies requiring honors to the nation more than once. 'To the Color' commands all the same courtesies as the National Anthem."
Thank you for helping us clarify that.
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