Re: Flags & patriotism, New Question
hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 14:24:39 -0400
On Wed, 10 Jul 1996, Hal Dudley wrote:
> At 12:58 PM 7/10/96 -0400, you wrote:
> > Question: When the (U.S.) flag passes, or when the colors are posted
> > in stands, should the flag be soluted?
> The flag should be saluted six paces before and six paces after it passes
> you. It should be a given that you stand at attention while it is passing.
> People not in uniform should remove their hat and place it over their heart
> and observe the same rule as those in uniform.
> Hal Dudley
Being a member of a Bagpipe Band, I get to participate in A LOT of parades.
I have observed that 99+++% of the spectators at a parade do not offer
"passing honors" to any flag that is in the parade.
The exception are many Armed Forces Veterans. It makes me smile (tough
to do when blowing a bagpipe) to see a row of half a dozen veterans all
saluting. There are also always police officers who are standing on the
parade route, stopping traffic, but are facing the parade. I would say
about 25% (this is probably high) of these officers salute the flags as
they go by.
Granted, in a parade, EVERY marching unit displays a US flag, and those who
are saluting are doing so every couple of minutes. However, it certainly
does bother me a lot to see anyone in any type of uniform not rendering
proper respect to the flag.
BTW, more often than not, I am guilty too, especially when not in uniform.
But I am getting better. (I at least stand at attention.)
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman
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