Servicemen - protocol question

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  1. mctiger

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    Watching the Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington. Biden and Harris just laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and during the playing of Taps, Biden saluted, Harris put her hand over her heart (or where the heart would normally be). Question: do servicemen and women consider it appropriate for a president to render a military salute, other than when returning a serviceman's salute? I thought that it was accepted that a president who never served would place the hand over the heart in lieu of a salute.
     
  2. kcal

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    POTUS is the commander in chief and is to be saluted by military personnel. POTUS isn’t required to return the salute even though he is commander in chief. It is customary that he do so.
     
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    I guess saluting the Tomb of the Unknowns would fall in the same parameters of saluting a serviceman.
     
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