Now that America is nearly back to normal, and summertime activities are picking up, the Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps is proud to resume leading the county parades with a display of flags with the American flag leading the way.
We thought it would be a good time to send out a reminder to our citizens on how to pay proper respect to “Old Glory” as she passes by in parades.
As a rule, parade spectators, if physically able, should do the following until the flag passes by:
• Stand and come to attention as the flag approaches.
• Citizens not in uniform should place their right hand over their heart.
• Men should remove their hats and hold it over their heart.
• Military veterans in civilian clothing do not need to remove their hats, but should render a proper military salute.
• Members of the military or law enforcement in uniform should render a proper salute.
The rules are quite simple. Standing and saluting in each case shows respect and reverence for the American flag.
We hope this is a positive message for everyone to consider as we honor the freedoms we enjoy in this great nation. For the Honor Corps, it is a humble honor as we recognize those members of our great nation who have given their lives to keep the flag free.