Every year before Memorial Day, many residents have asked,“What is the proper etiquette to observe during the Memorial Day Parade when the American Flag passes by?”

Here is the answer from the United States Flag Code:

“When the Flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present should stand at attention, face the flag and render the proper salute. Those present in uniform, or members of the Armed Forces and veterans not in uniform, give the appropriate formal military salute; citizens salute by placing their right hand over the heart; those wearing head cover should remove it and hold it to their left shoulder, hand over heart; citizens of other countries should stand at attention.

“When there are several American Flags in a parade it is necessary to salute only the first Flag that passes by, although salutes may be rendered to all, if desired.”


American Legion

Pelham Post #50

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