Saluting the 'Ode'... or not

Hmm... I wonder what they'll do?

Some debate going on over how the members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment will conduct themselves when the 'Ode to Newfoundland' is played over the French battlefieds when the regiment returns to Beaumont Hamel and area next month.

Lieutenent Colonel Kevin Hutchings says it's an honour to have all the members of the first and second batallions present for the 90th anniversay of the July 1st massacre. But he notes it is not permitted for Canadian Forces members to salute a, what is now, provincial anthem.

It seems such a shame that the veterans aren't allowed to salute what was, when they fought, the regiment's national anthem.

(via VOCM)

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