This video is worth a look. I didn't embed the vid because blogger seems to have issues, the link will take you to web page with the vid.
What happened was a Jr. High school Band was playing the Star Spangled Banner and the young man on cymbals had an instrument malfunction. Instead of panicking and chasing after his instrument he had the presence of mind to stand at attention, turn to the flag and salute for the remainder of the performance. He is being called America's most patriotic kid and getting lots of kudos on the net today.
I think all of that is fine and I respect the fact that he made the right decision and didn't freak out when the performance didn't go right. That's all he did that was right. I give him full credit for not blowing the performance, but that's it. I doubt that they teach proper flag etiquette any more, given the fact this happened in a public school, it would amaze me that anyone there knew that there is such a thing as proper flag etiquette.
Non-uniformed civilians DO NOT have the right to salute the flag. The proper response is to place ones right hand over the heart and stand at attention. If a man is wearing a hat it is proper to remove the hat first. I realize the kid was cute and it was a symbolic gesture and that most kids could give a flying flip about doing something like this today. I give the boy credit for making the best of the situation and being respectful of his flag and for bringing a touch of class to the occasion. What would have made this more awesome is if he would have known how to handle the situation properly and done it right.
Now that I've had my say, those of you who are actually vets can tell me how wrong I am.