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Flag salute

April 10, 2008 |  1:49 pm

In an earlier post, I noted that these youngsters were giving an unusual salute and asked if anyone could shed some light on the issue. David Knox of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., writes:

In your April 10 posting, you note that the children watching "Snow White" are engaging in an odd salute. That is the end stage of the Bellamy Salute. Francis Bellamy penned the first version of the Pledge of Allegiance. He also suggested a salute that could go along with the pledge. As you started the pledge, you were to cock your arm as in a military salute, then slowly straighten your arm until the arm was outstretched with the palm up pointing at the flag. After World War II, given the similarity to the Nazi or fascist salute, the so-called Bellamy Salute was replaced with our current hand over the heart.

Thanks for sharing!