Seems like either that PFC is stupid or just working too hard at trying not to salute the flag. Either way posting it was brilliant. Nothing like turning yourself in basically. I can honestly say back in the 80's....when the cannon sounded prior to the flag coming down for the day...you'd see anyone within 10 feet of a door high tail it inside. They weren't being disrespectful...they just didn't want to come to parade rest and attention again for the lowering of the flag for the 100th time since being in service. Don't get me wrong, if I'm in that PFC's situation I would do what's right...but put me within 5 or 10 feet of an open door...that's another story.
I can remember the little cluster that would gather just inside the door right before retreat. I used to push through them to right outside the door. I'd salute the flag as it went down, and then go back inside to finish whatever was keeping me there.
posted Thu 27 February 2014 06:09 PM Hide Post I can remember the little cluster that would gather just inside the door right before retreat. I used to push through them to right outside the door. I'd salute the flag as it went down, and then go back inside to finish whatever was keeping me there.
Avoiding paying respect IS a form of disrespect.
Iron...you are definitely a 2 percenter...I have nothing but respect for someone who would push through a group of Soldiers to salute the flag for no other reason than to pay respect....and we've all seen the cluster of people at the door waiting to go to evening chow waiting for the bugle to stop. I will say I've BTDT...but neither myself nor my brother Paratroops meant any disrespect to the flag or our country by waiting indoors.
I basically have to drive past the installation colors on my way home. A couple of times a week, I stop my car in a nearby parking and get out and wait for the flag to come down just so I can salute it. Sure, I could have easily made it home and been inside the door well before the cannon popped, but I actually enjoy saluting. It's a sign of our service and one of the things that sets us apart from those who have never served. They don't get it.
I guess I just love the Army too much.
And another thing. A few weeks ago I caught my daughter (who's 9) throwing dirt on the front windows of our house. I sent her outside to clean them (corrective training, punishment fits the crime). It was a Saturday and I didn't realize it was close to retreat on post. I look out the window to check her progress and she her standing at attention, saluting in the direction of the flag (we can hear the bugle from our house). I quickly snapped a picture of that and gave that kid an extra helping of dessert.