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Arlington Cemetary. Been there many times, when I was assigned up there. Lived across the street from Ft Meyers, and caught the bus there daily. Have seen the horses and carriage, but never a funeral. The changing of the guard is something not to miss if you ever have the opportunity.
 

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Arlington Cemetary. Been there many times, when I was assigned up there. Lived across the street from Ft Meyers, and caught the bus there daily. Have seen the horses and carriage, but never a funeral. The changing of the guard is something not to miss if you ever have the opportunity.
I remember seeing a video of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier COMMANDING noisy visitors to be respectful.
 

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Thanks, Harry. It would be relevant to all veterans, especially the Tommies, Aussies and the Kiwis who fought alongside us Yanks in WWII.
Would be nice if they could do that at sports events. I see the camera panning the crowd- talking, talking on cell phones, looking around, etc. I wasn't taught to do that when the national anthem was played. Congress has passed a law or resolution allowing veterans to salute the colors. I'll see if I can find it and post it. Once, I left my hat on (cover to the Marines) just before the national anthem. The young guy behind me remarked that I was disrespectful. I stood at ease, snapped to attention and saluted at the first note. Never turned around to get his reaction.
http://http://gmasw.com/salute.htm
 

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Congress has passed a law or resolution allowing veterans to salute the colors.
I just keep on doing it the old-fashioned way. Hold hat over heart, or, if no hat hold the hand over the heart. Just seems more appropriate that way, being as that I am not in uniform. And, if I were ever to go to Oz, and attend a similar ceremony, I'd do it the same way. We're here, because they are not.

The new law.
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1609

Yeah, and I left smokes and matches at the wall too.
 

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A US veteran does not have to be in uniform to salute the colors. I noticed a TV show where a home was remodeled to accommodate a handicapped veteran. One of the guys in the crowd that helped with the remodel was saluting the flag in the front yard. I got curious and that is when I found the supplied link. I have seen a couple saluting the flag indoors but I don't think that is proper protocol.

"The most recent change, authorizing hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel, was sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, an Army veteran. It was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14." Thanks, George.
 

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No, saluting the flag indoors is not proper protocol, whether in uniform or not.

Yeah, I know I could salute the flag now, but I figure I'm showing just as much respect doing it the way I was brought up, now that I'm out of uniform. Some old habits die hard. That one will never die for me.
 

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JOAT, that is what I thought but I've been out for almost 49 years.
My memory is better, because I've only been out for 37 years. >:)
 

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The key point is that you honor the flag. Even if your approach is viewed as wrong by others you did what was within your capability and you thought was right.
 
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