Salute the Flag Indoors?

by Karen

I believe this is a good thing but have to ask -- Does this mean a veteran should salute the flag INDOORS?

I was taught one does not salute indoors unless one is reporting in to a superior. I have no problem as a retired AF NCO throwing up sharp salute outdoors, but something feels odd doing so indoors during the pledge and/or national anthem.

Thank you for helping me understand.

Hi Karen,

Thank you for your service.

This is an interesting question, and I think there's no hard and fast rule. The new law merely makes it permissible to salute the flag, it does not require it. So if you're more comfortable standing at attention, or with your hand over your heart, by all means, do so.

It's a bit more confusing when you're inside a building that "feels" like outside, such as a covered sports arena. In this scenario, we think it would be acceptable to respond as though you are indoors or out.

I don't imagine anyone would find it inappropriate for you to salute the flag indoors in that situation.

In our opinion, the most important thing is to show the proper respect for our Flag and all who have served under her. As long as you're doing that, I don't think anyone would be concerned if you didn't get it quite right. Some of these situations are ambiguous, so it's hard to know what is right in every circumstance.

To us, it's all about respect.

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