Veterans, do you salute the Flag covered or uncovered?

Veterans, do you salute the Flag covered or uncovered?

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    Veterans, do you salute the Flag covered or uncovered?

    Lots of Vets, hereabouts, and most of us know that we can offer a hand salute to Old Glory during the National Anthem, flag raising, or as a flag passes during a parade. It's a patriotic gesture and major "feel good" moment.

    And watching the touching pre-race ceremonies before today's Indy 500, I got to wondering if we Vets needed to remove our caps, or whether we may remained covered (as we did when we wore the uniform.)

    I did a little online searching, and apparently, it's just fine for us Vets to remain covered during the hand salute. Here's the linky-thingie that offered the most info...

    Removal of Headdress Required When Saluting the Flag?

    What about y'all? Hats on or off during the hand salute?

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    Hat on, hand salute. No hat, hand over heart. Navy doesn't (or at least didn't) salute uncovered.
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    Right-hand salute covered or uncovered.
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    I rarely wear a hat since I retired so it is salute uncovered.
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    The article linked seems to spell out the rules. I'm a Navy veteran, but I follow the civilian rules as an example to civilians, who generally don't know what to do. If I was with a bunch of vets, I would salute.
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    If I'm not in uniform, it's hand over heart. Since I haven't worn a uniform in nearly forty years, I don't do much saluting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    If I'm not in uniform, it's hand over heart. Since I haven't worn a uniform in nearly forty years, I don't do much saluting.
    Ditto. I blend in with the masses better without saluting.
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    No salute in civies.
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    Last summer when I went to gas up I noticed a Lincoln at the pump, on the front bumper was a plate showing the Medal of honor. I had never seen one before. while I stand there looking this person same out and walked to to car. My thought was what do I do now. I came to attention and gave a very military salute. He smiled nodded and drove off.

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    When the flag is presented I cover my heart. Marines never saluted uncovered or in civies.
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    Hat off, hand over heart. I haven't saluted since I was in uniform.
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    I gave the military 6 years of my life and it told me what to do. Now, as a civilian, I do my own thing. Sometimes I remain covered and other times I feel like uncovering. No biggie to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmc View Post
    Last summer when I went to gas up I noticed a Lincoln at the pump, on the front bumper was a plate showing the Medal of honor. I had never seen one before. while I stand there looking this person same out and walked to to car. My thought was what do I do now. I came to attention and gave a very military salute. He smiled nodded and drove off.
    Good quick thinking. Military members should always, always, salute a Medal of Honor recipient (all of them, regardless of rank), and IMO it is always acceptable for veterans to render appropriate customs and courtesies if they choose to.
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    I put my hand over my heart.
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    If you served, and you know know the Anthem wii be played, then wear a cover and salute. When uncovered I do not salute by place my hNd over my heart. I am old Corps which might be like today’s Corps. But Ibdo not know how the tradition has changed over the decades.
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