Re: Bowing One's Head
Sat, 10 Sep 1994 22:14:19 EDT
On Fri, 9 Sep 1994 09:37:03 +0500 Bob Condon <rec@EPOCH.COM> wrote:
>> There is also the issue of HATS! In some countrys you SHOULD
>> or must wear a hat to show respect. Also in some religious settings.
>> I guess my point would be NOT to guess, but to ask before you
>> find yourself in an awkward situation.
>I have a bit of confusion here.
>In America, when we raise and lower the flag at camp,
>I always remove my hat and salute the flag
>(when in uniform).
>The Committee chair always says
>"LEAVE THE HATS ON, THEY ARE PART OF THE UNIFORM"
>I feel uncomfortable because my gut says this is wrong but do
>not have a definite underastanding of the rules.
Bob, as far as that "book" is concerned, your Committee Chair is right:
whenever you are in uniform and are wearing a uniform hat, you are supposed
to keep it on whenever you salute the flag. This also holds true for
Retreat, like you are describing.
Now, whenever indoors, the adults are supposed to be uncovered when in
OK, that is the "book" answer. Now, you need to ask yourself whether you can
be comfortable revising your habits to be technically correct (remember, you
are "setting the example" for your youth - it's amazing what they will pick
up from their role models).
Me, I have always saluted the flag with hat donned whenever flag respect was
in order. That darn hat (Smokey) is so much part of my uniform that I
sometimes forget to doff it whenever I enter a building.
Hope that helped.
Assistant District Commissioner
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City