A skydive buddy of mine, Arne, who served in the Marines just emailed me this:
WASHINGTON — Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform can now render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.
“The military salute is a unique gesture of respect that marks those who have served in our nation’s armed forces,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “This provision allows the application of that honor in all events involving our nation’s flag.”
Which can also be found here. Nothing wrong with a proper salute by a vet. Someone asked me today if I was happy being out of the military. Hell no…I miss it, but it wasn’t fun all the time either. The men and women who serve and the families left behind when they go off to fight dedicate a lot to this country.
To all the Veterans out there…thank you very much!
To my buddy Kurt….blue skies man…I’ll have a beer for you!