Saluting the Flag by Junior Service Organizations
by Charles J Whitfield
I am teaching a junior color guard (ages 7 thru 14) how to post colors and present colors at an AMVETs state meeting.
Are the juniors allowed to salute the flag by rendering the hand salute, or do they place their hands over their hearts?
This is a nationally recognized Junior AMVETs organization with a uniform and appropriate head gear.
Well, Charles, I have to say, you've stumped me with this one! So I'll call on readers for some help.
My first thought is that the answer to this question should be contained in the organization's by-laws, or regulations for ceremonies, or something similar. If it isn't, a revision is in order to answer this question.
My second thought is that the legislation Congress passed refers to veterans only. Since these juniors are not veterans, the appropriate show of respect for our flag would be to place their hands over their hearts.
My third thought concerns the "uniforms" they wear. Are they military or pseudo-military uniforms? Would it look strange for them, in these uniforms, to NOT salute the flag?
What do they do in parades or other events when the flag is present?
You've asked an excellent question Charles, about saluting the flag by junior service organizations, and I'm hoping some of our readers can help with the answer.
These issues should be addressed in some of the group's official documentation, so if it isn't, perhaps you could suggest that at your next meeting.
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