Modern-Life, Observations.

Waving the flag for the right reasons

Federal law was changed a few years ago to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag when it was being hoisted or lowered or presented, typically at a ball game.  Prior to that, only servicemen were allowed that privilege.  Civilians who haven’t served still should remove their hat and hold it or their hand over their heart.

To quote Sen. Inhofe (OK):

“I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others.”

As a U.S. Army veteran, I find this à propos.  All too often, the flag is used as cheap political bunting by politicians and ideologues.  This time they got it right.

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