Thanks Buster. That is interesting. I wanted to go into the Marines as a
teen and then I am not quite sure what happened. I guess someone talked me
in to college instead.
I have total respect for those that serve and I thank you all for doing so.
I didn't realize their was such a code.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Bruce Evans" <email@example.com>
To: <Spridgets@autox.team.net>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2007 1:02 AM
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] FYI for US veterans...
> Mike C wrote: I have a question as all of this puzzles me. I have not
> been in the military. I am trying to get this straight in my head. In the
> past have you not been allowed to salute the flag? If so that sounds a bit
> ridiculous. I must be missing something.
> Not ridiculous at all, Mike. Few people are aware that there is a Flag
> Code of the United States (Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1), and
> fewer still are aware of its contents.
> The proper way for the military to honor the flag is render a hand salute
> of the right hand. The manner prescribed for all civilians is with the
> right hand placed over the heart. If a man is wearing a hat, it is with
> the hat placed over the heart. Non-citizens are to simply stand at
> attention. Veterans are no longer in the military, and therefore
> civilians obligated to honor the flag in the civilian manner. Ironically,
> police, firemen, and other occupations are civilians, but have disregarded
> the Code's provisions and have co-opted the hand salute.
> As a Navy veteran, I have always found it difficult to place my hand over
> my heart. I get goose bumps and have to restrain my right hand that
> intuitively wants to give a hand salute instead.
> Buster Evans
> Watch for the 23 Great Spridget Miracle Workers in the October "Practical
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