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Vets, active duty military should salute during anthem

Oklahoman Published: June 19, 2011

I wish to congratulate Hilarie Blaney for “Say, can you see why some don't salute flag?” (Etiquette To Go, June 11). This was a fine piece, but I would like to point out an omission. The 2009 National Defense Authorization Act says veterans, retirees and active duty military members not in uniform should render a military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem and during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag. The military salute is a unique gesture of respect that marks those who have served in our nation's armed forces.

Cpt. Ray White Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), Oklahoma City