Boy Scout Salute Protocol during the interment of a member of the Military or a Veteran
This information also applies to most First Responder Line-of-Duty Death interment ceremonies
Because the Boy Scouts of America uses its own salute and not the conventional Military salute, Scouts may render salutes whether or not one or more of the Scouts in attendance are wearing covers (headdress, caps, hats, etc.).
Scouts should come to Attention and salute whenever a Flag-draped casket is moving, including as the hearse passes by in the cemetery and as the casket is removed from the hearse and moved to the bier (or committal shelter). In addition, Scouts should salute if present when the casket is being lowered into the ground following the committal ceremony, even though the Flag has been removed from the casket.
During the ceremony itself, Scouts should come to Attention and render a salute during the 3-volley rifle salute and hold the salute for the sounding of Taps. The Flag is usually folded during the rifle salute and the sounding of Taps. If the Flag is folded at a different time, Scouts should be at Attention, but should not salute. Scouts should be at Attention, but should not salute, during the presentation of the Flag to the Primary Next-Of-Kin (PNOK).
It is also customary at Military funerals for individuals in uniform to salute immediate family members of the deceased if they pass close-by or stop to speak. In addition, it is customary to salute the vehicle transporting the PNOK as it leaves the area following the committal ceremony.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2007 22:26:22 GMT -6 by Moderator