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The Snopes entry goes on to explain that the picture was not taken on Veteran's Day, but a few months earlier at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and that Obama isn't saluting because the band is playing "Hail to the Chief."

TaoFelix

Now that made me really laugh.

“Hail to the Chief is not to something a salute of hand-over-the-heart is given since it is not an anthem military or civilian.


I know you're the resident Expert on Everything, but how then do you explain the accompanying video, in which when the band starts to play "Hail to the Chief" the officers on stage salute and the civilians place their right hands over their hearts?


‘Hail to the Chief’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail_to_the_Chief ) is used as introduction music to the President arriving at a function as a courtesy (it is not required) and is not an occasion in which those in uniform would salute and those in plain dress hold their hands over their hearts.

Ah, so you looked it up on Wikipedia. That really made me laugh.

Department of Defense
INSTRUCTION
Number 1005.4
September 18, 1981
...
3.2.1. During all renditions of "Hail to the Chief" by military musical organizations, military personnel in uniform, other than band personnel, shall accord it the same honor as they would the rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner"or "To the Color."


https://www.mfp.usmc.mil/TeamApp/protocol/Topics/20050707150...
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