I have recently attended three events at which the Coast Guard color guard participated. I was left wondering if the Code of Etiquette for respect of our flag has been changed or abandoned. Two of these events were indoors and no one around me had their hand over their heart as the colors passed by.
At the Crab Festival parade, I saw no men or boys remove their hats and no women or children paused for a moment with their hand over heart to pay respects to the flag of our country.
“Hats off! The flag is passing by,” was a familiar poem to every child of my generation.
Margaret J. Hall