Attention on deck…
New legislation, passed 25 July 2007, now clarifies that veterans and service members not in uniform may still salute the flag, instead of placing their right hand over their heart:
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla..) today praised the passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag.
â€œThe salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in oneâ€™s military service,â€ Senator Inhofe said. â€œVeterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform.
â€œUnfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not.
â€œI 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.â€