It only takes a minute

By Mike Bowers
Managing editor

What is a minute of your time?

How much of an inconvenience are the seconds it takes to render the proper respect to the symbol of our country — the national flag — when it is lowered signaling the end of the duty day?

On Fort Leonard Wood, the sounding of Retreat and To the Colors marks that occasion.

The ceremonial military music times out at about 25 seconds for Retreat and about 35 seconds for To the Colors. Even with the firing of the cannon, total time is less than a minute.

What is the proper respect?

As a service member, when you hear the first note, you should come to the position of attention, face the flag (or the direction the music is coming from, if the flag is…     Read More...