Learning How to Honor America the Correct Way

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A local group of Vietnam Veterans held a not so typical 4th of July celebration today at the Old Capitol building.

The National Anthem was sung and flags were waved but Vietnam Veterans of America's Chapter 96 service was focused on educating the community on how to honor America the correct way.

The group began organizing these types of programs after noticing at sporting events that many people weren't acting right when the Pledge of Allegiance was being said.

"My belief is that they weren't being disrespectful, they just weren't being taught," Mike Donohoe, President of the local chapter said.

The correct way to salute the flag is your right hand on your heart, if you're a civilian. And if you're a veteran or a member of the military, your right hand should be placed on your forehead with your palm down and thumb tucked in.

"Veterans, in a law passed in 1992, I believe, are now allowed in their civilian attire to salute the flag as they did when they were in the military and in uniform," Donohoe said.

After the education portion of the ceremony, folks were read the Declaration of Independence by a Benjamin Franklin look-a-like.

"I don't know how many people have heard the words of the Declaration of Independence," Donohoe said.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 96, Big Bend plans to visit schools in the Fall to teach students how to properly honor the country.

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