3/8/07 Why Do Soldiers Salute?

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My daughter had a School assignment and we found some interesting info about Why Do Soldiers Salute? I thought it would make a good Question of the day. Why Do Soldiers Salute? Where did this custom come from? :welcome:

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In the days when fighting men wore full-face helmets (late Greek/ early Roman Empire) they raised the visor to show their comrades & officers that they were NOT holding a sword and were, therefore, not an enemy.

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Eric says "it started out to show you were unarmed to another knight, then it evolved into a sign of respect, such as saluting your superior"

So, why is called "saluting the flag" when you are not saluting? You put your hand on your heart, yes, but that's not really saluting, is it?

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All of your answers are correct!!

Saluting is a custom that dates back to the days of knights in armor. At that time, the knights raised their visors as a gesture of respect & friendship. Among soldiers, the custom of raising the right hand to the forhead continued after the helmet and visor were no longer worn.

Our modern day custom of a man tipping his hat goes back to that custom too. We also learned that Pilots salute each other by tilting, or dipping, their planes' wings :thumb: !

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And, I didn't know that ... but I do now. Thanks for the question (and answer).

-Susanne

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