Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: salute
G. John Marmet
Thu, 24 Sep 1998 09:10:59 EDT
<< I have never saluted a Scoutmaster as a boy and have never been
saluted. Saluting a person is reserved for military not the Boy Scouts.
That my two cents.
G. John Marmet wrote:
> I recall that a Scout was instructed to salute more than just the flag in
> long past. Is it still protocol to salute the Scoutmaster, or any person.?
I don't know why I asked this question. But after posting it, I attended our
troop's court of honor. At that court of honor, with the participation of the
Senior District Executive, our Scoutmaster presented a Heroism Award to a very
small Scout (that's right Scout "Rank", not even Tenderfoot named Spencer
Williams. Spencer's father and he were in Hawaii this past summer. They were
hit with one of those major Hawaiian pounders that can come up and, in 4 foot
of water were swept off their feet. Spencer spun around underwater and came
up to discover his father missing. Dad, a 6'2" 250 fireman had hit the sand
underwater so hard that he injured his spinal column and was lying, face down,
underwater, and, while concious, could not move. Spencer found him, rolled
him over and started getting him to shore. His quick thinking (though at
minimal risk to himself) saved his father's life. Our troop has its first
hero: Spencer Williams.
After the SDE pinned on that beautiful red and white ribbon, our Scoutmaster
called for all uniformed Scouts and Leaders to rise. All of us then saluted
that young man and held it for a five count before returning to our seats.
Dad, now fully recovered, wept. Poor Spencer didn't quite know what to do, so
about half way through he looked at our SM and tried to salute too.
A salute to the flag is an honor to the flag. A salute to young Spencer
Williams of Troop 156, Glenview, Illinois, is an honor to him.
I guess that is why we salute a person.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
ASM T156, Glenview, Illinois