Protocol in the Flag Code reads as follows:
• When the flag is being raised or lowered, the salute should be given at the moment the process begins and be held until the flag has been raised to the top of the pole or lowered to its base.
• When the flag is passing by, as in a parade or flag ceremony, the salute should be given at the moment the flag passes your position and held until it has passed.
• When the Pledge of Allegiance is being given, the hand salute should be given before the first words are spoken, and held until the last words have been spoken. Often someone will be delegated to lead in the Pledge. In these circumstances the leader will give instruction to render the salute, and then to drop the salute.
• When the National Anthem is played, the salute should be given at the opening note and held until the last note has been played.
Take time to go to the library or on the Internet at wikipedia.com, and learn about our “Grand Old Flag.” The next time the red, white and blue comes in sight, take a moment to reflect on its proud history and remember those gallant men and women throughout the world defending our freedom and those that sacrificed the ultimate by defending Her to keep Her flying.
Speak to you again next week.
Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.