My apologies, I knew these facts but did not put them in the origional post.Of course, I am referring to the USA National Anthem!
Regardless of being at sporting events, do you?
FOX news just played the usual awesome National Anthem that they do every night, and I rememberd my oath of office, stood up and saluted, towards the sound of the music!
And, below, Jennifer is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Law Now Allows Retirees and Vets to Salute Flag as it has for several years now...
So, for us Marines = we can render a hand salute when not under cover/or arms, or in uniform. (that does not make us like the Army, it just makes us legit when we find ourselves in situations where we should salute, instead of the hand on the hart, to show our pride!..........just sayin!
A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008.
Here is the actual text from the law:
SEC. 595. MILITARY SALUTE FOR THE FLAG DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES NOT IN
UNIFORM AND BY VETERANS.
Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States Code, is amended by
striking subparagraphs (A) through (C) and inserting the following new
``(A) individuals in uniform should give the
military salute at the first note of the anthem and
maintain that position until the last note;
``(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who
are present but not in uniform may render the military
salute in the manner provided for individuals in
``(C) all other persons present should face the flag
and stand at attention with their right hand over the
heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should
remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it
at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;
Note: Part (C) applies to those not in the military and non-veterans. The phrase "men not in uniform" refers to civil service uniforms like police, fire fighters, and letter carriers - non-veteran civil servants who might normally render a salute while in uniform.