FLOTUS Melania Trump placed her hand over her heart, in the same gesture President George W. Bush made when his father’s casket passed. But President Trump offered a brisk salute.
The etiquette and rules about saluting are complicated. But many veterans called Trump’s use of the gesture incorrect and inappropriate.
President Bush served in active combat in WWII, the last President to do so. President Trump never served in the military.
Prior to President Reagan, no President returned salutes to military personnel as the gesture was reserved for those in uniform. But Reagan, who served in WWII, began returning the gesture from military members when boarding his helicopter.
Since then, Presidents continued the tradition Reagan started.
However, President Trump seems exceedingly fond of the gesture and draws criticism for saluting anyone who salutes him. When the 45th President saluted back at a North Korean military official, people were outraged.
After Wednesday’s state funeral, on Thursday, there will be a memorial for President Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston where his wife, Barbara’s memorial occurred. Bush will be laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, beside his beloved wife.
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