Re: Hand Salute vs. Heart Salute
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Sat, 4 Oct 1997 23:43:05 -0500
>Okay fellow Scouter types:
>We are holding are breath for your answers because several disagree to
>which is correct in my district.
>Thanks a bunch (hurry I'm turning blue)
Stop holding it in, Melissa....here's the answer to your question. I would
have put some patches or a free carwash on this question...*giggling*
>You are indoors, in your Scout uniform, and the American flag is
>presented. How do you salute the flag?
>Do you hold your hand over your heart or do you put your hand to your
>eyebrow (or glasses)?
Here's what the BSA's Scout Handbook says: (page 564)
"The Scout salute signifies respect. Use it to salute the flag of the
United States of America. As a sign of courtesy, you may also salute a
Scout leader or another Scout."
As a rule of thumb, those in "an uniform" are to render a salute to the Flag
of the United States when it is presented or as "honors" are being rendered
to it (like saying the Pledge of Allegience or while saying the National
Anthem). This means Explorers wearing DDI (a "uniform") should stand and
salute the flag alongside Scouts and Scouters wearing the field, dress or
camp uniform. Those of us not in Scouting uniform (or a uniform
representing a veterans' or fraternal organization) should render honors to
the United States flag by placing our hands over our hearts and facing the
flag (or the music if we cannot physically see a flag).
The Scout salute is appropriate by Boy Scouts and Scouters. The Cub Scout
salute (the same as the Boy Scout salute minus one finger) is appropriate
for Cub Scouts, WEBELOS Cub Scouts and Cub Scouters. Explorers and Exploring
leaders may use the Boy Scout salute or the more general salute using four
fingers. I was taught during my Paraprofessional period that professionals
and volunteers serving with the District or Council should use the
three-fingered Boy Scout salute. While I was out in the field, however, I
used the salute according to which group of Scouts I was with as an example
to those new Scouters and to Scouts that would look at me and wonder "is he
gonna salute like us too??"
This is also the reason why those wearing hats not as part of a uniform
(like baseball caps, for instance) should remove them and place them over
our heart instead our hands. Because I wear a hat which is NOT an official
BSA hat, I remove it and render a salute as if I was wearing a hat, with my
fingers touching my eyebrows (or point of my glasses if I am wearing my
glasses as I should be sometimes).
I believe that there's a BSA publication called "The Flag" (I don't have a
copy here, but I should have.....I'll put it on my list of things to get at
the end of this month!) that explains this in more detail.
Hope that you guys turn back to your *regular skin tones*....blue is NOT a
good color for ANYONE!! *heheheeheee*
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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