Retired Military Saluting the Flag
by Richard D, Hall
Since President Bush signed the bill allowing retired military and other veterans to salute the flag with a proper military salute, I have always done this.
I was told last week that only veterans having served in combat are allowed this privilege of saluting our flag.
Please set the record straight for me.
Richard D. Hall
Dear Master Chief Hall,
Thank you for your many years of service to our country.
Whoever told you that only combat veterans were allowed to salute our flag was just "blowing smoke." It's hard to imagine someone being so petty as to distinguish between "veterans" and "combat veterans" when it comes to saluting our flag.
I am a veteran, and my husband is a Vietnam combat veteran, and on appropriate occasions, we both render a military salute to the flag under which we served.
The law specifically says,
Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
who are present but not in uniform
may render the military salute.
That includes ALL veterans, combat or not. It is an honor and a privilege you have earned with your service to this great nation and her flag.
So whenever appropriate, feel free to salute Old Glory. You've earned it.
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