***** Soldier’s Salute
Soldiers salute even in the snow;
because they are patriots, you know.
Through the dark of eerie nights,
soldiers salute their flag in fight.
Saluting the red, white, and blue
is a time-honored tradition, not new.
Every soldier knows the salute drill;
good ones revel in reverence, and thrill!
Friends of soldiers, not always of means,
nonetheless share their peace-filled dreams
of days when all may salute their flag
without an Earthly, struggling snag;
without those continuing days of fight,
but because of united, peaceful might.
(1) — Never allow the flag to touch the ground or any other object while on display.
(2) — Salute the flag as it is hoisted and lowered, during the playing of the National Anthem and while saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Stand at attention with your right hand over your heart and your hat removed.
(3) — Display the flag outdoors only between sunrise and sunset, unless illuminated by a spotlight.
(4) — When displaying the flag indoors, always position it to the right of a speaker or staging area.
(5) — To place a flag at half-staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant before lowering it to a halfway position.
Poem and first and last photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg