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    While at a ballgame today the sang God Bless America. Everyone removed their caps before the song started. Military in attendance did not. Curious what the reason is?

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    Just a military brat responding...

    "God Bless America" is a "civilian" song.

    It is not on par (military-wise) with the National Anthem.

    I don't believe military are required to do anything.

    The people out of uniform you saw were probably just paying respects and some that thought you had to.

    Kate Smith would appreciate anyone showing their patriotic colors.....
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    IIRC, . . . outdoors, . . . in uniform, . . . the head cover stays on, . . . if anything done, it is a hand salute.

    That particular song is not on the list for a hand salute, . . . therefore attention only, . . .

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    Right your are Dwight55
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    Veterans are authorized to salute during National Anthem with ballcap on and in civilian clothes, retired, active etc. Law was signed Oct 2013? Not sure , but it was a few years ago on Oct 31...
    But, National Anthem is the main song we adhere too, for sporting events etc..
    As long as flag is waving, I am happy regardless.
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    more concerned about the civilians that don't show respect for any song or the flag ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illini Warrior View Post
    more concerned about the civilians that don't show respect for any song or the flag ....
    I didn't think the Military wasn't showing respect. I figured there was a reason for it, just wasn't sure what it was. But I knew the fine gents at this establishment would be able to enlighten me. Since no fine gents spoke up I'll just take what these guys said.
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    Honorably discharged Army and Currently serving in civilian clothing may salute or put the hand over the heart during the National Anthem . In uniform they salute. Face the flag or face towards the music if you cannot see the flag.

    God Bless American is a nice song but it is just a song no standing or saluting.
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    I was dismayed by the number of Memorial Day parade watchers on Monday who did not stand when the colors passed by. Perhaps it's just ignorance. I know that many people disagree with what our government does, but a person can dislike the government and still love their country.

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    I always figure it's ignorance. It's the simplest explanation.
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