PATRIOTISM! New Law Authorizes Veterans' Salutes during National Anthem

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Posted at 12:25 PM on Thursday, October 30, 2008 by District 9 Web Admin

WASHINGTON (Oct. 30, 2008) -- 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."

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.

I wanted to pass this along to our readers!  Please remember the men and women serving our country overseas-and at home!


Michael Schindler

Life Member VFW Post 9060

Comments (1)

Mike Carsten
Tucson Mortgage,LLC - Tucson, AZ

Michael-- Thank you for the great post. I have several members of my family who have served in various generations. All men and women who are currently serving or who have served deserve the upmost respect.


Nov 08, 2008 02:01 AM