How to Show Respect for the American Flag


Unfortunately, many Americans have not been taught the appropriate way to demonstrate respect for the American flag. Two situations in which this becomes apparent are at parades and when the flag is being raised and lowered.  The purpose of this commentary is to summarize the applicable section of the U. S. Code, Chapter 1.

“During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review:

  • All persons present in uniform should render the military salute.
  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.
  • All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.
  • Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention.
  • All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.”

I hope that more people will remember to show their respect for the flag of the greatest country in the world.

About Doc

I am a Psychologist and a veteran of the Vietnam War. I work with abused children and with agencies which try to both prevent abuse and to empower those who have been abused. I feel strongly about child abuse and take every action I can to prevent it and to support the children I work with who have experienced it. I also feel strongly about politics and especially the course being taken by our nation. I believe that America is at a critical point in its development. How we answer the challenges from Islamic fascists and from our own internal enemies in the media, government, and academia will determine America’s future and the future of our children. I believe that if we don’t take the correct course now, America will go the way of Europe and that we will not reach the potential set out by our founding fathers. I believe that it is now getting serious. My gravitar is from "Darkman".
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