Should a non-citizen be saluting the flag?
July 24, 2009 7:08 AM Subscribe
Should a non-citizen be saluting the flag? ... We have a friend staying for a couple of weeks who is not a US citizen (we're in the USA). He's here mainly for some formal events some to do with the Boy Scouts. He and I seek the proper advice about various national symbols and the right way for a non-citizen to behave.
posted by Xhris to society & culture (35 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Scouts often do flag ceremonies. Also recite the the Pledge of Allegiance. And in those formal ceremonies, salute each other and salute the flag as it raised and lowered.
Now, he'll happily just copy everybody else - he doesn't have a problem with that, but part of the education we try to give the Scouts is to with national pride and the right way to do things. So really for him just to copy the Americans isn't really 'right' and doesn't express his national pride (for his nation).
This is what we're come up with so far do him to do.
- Pledge of Allegiance - stand respectfully silent.
- Nation Anthem - sing along (it's a good song he says), but no hand on heart.
- Raising/lowering Stars and Stripes alone - stand to attention but no salute.
- Raising/lowering Stars and Stripes along with other Scout flags - stand to attention and salute. (so he's saluting the Scout flag but not the US flag).
- Other 'internal' Scout honorifics (like saluting the color guard) - just as the others do.
What do you think? About right?
I guess the answers to this isn't specific to the Boy Scouts. There must be official rules for type of this situation.
Any pointers please?