Respect the Colors: Stop and render proper salute when outside

Military installations have specific codes of conduct as well as rules, regulations and protocol procedures many civilians don’t know about. But, while on a military installation, civilians are expected to follow these protocols the same as those in uniform.

At NAS Patuxent River, the U.S. flag and is raised every morning at 8 a.m. and at the same time, the National Anthem is played — and heard — across the installation through the loudspeaker system. Also, every evening at sundown, the U.S. flag is lowered with the playing of Taps heard through the loudspeaker system.

At both of those times, everyone on base — military and civilians — is required to stop and render the proper respect when they are outdoors.

In a vehicle

If driving a vehicle, pull the car over, stop and sit quietly until the music comes to an end. Not all motorists may be able to hear the music, but if you notice other vehicles stopping, it is disrespectful to go around them. Stop and render the proper respect.

Civilians and military not in uniform

Civilians and military personnel not in uniform are expected to stop, face the flagpole, or music if the flagpole location is unknown, place your right hand over your heart and remain in that position until the music stops. If wearing a hat, it is customary to remove it.

In uniform

Military personnel in uniform are expected to stop, face the flagpole, or music if the flagpole location is unknown, stand at attention and salute until the last note is played.