Thanks for that post. I’ll also show it to my sister, she’s a special needs teacher, one of the things she does is giving deaf children the gift of sign language. She’ll like this one.
We in the Fatherland mostly just salute our active service brothers and sisters, at least the part of the populace that gives a damn. Since Germany still has a draft-based army and most men have served at some point in their lives, everybody knows that they are only civilians as long as the peace holds. If the shit hits the fan, everybody will put on his Flecktarn again.
So a silent, crisp salute is OK around here.
I recently had the opportunity to do this when I was driving home and made a stop at a fuel station. Three army members exited their car in their Wüstenflecktarn (desert camo worn in Afghanistan) and were welcomed by their families. Some of them even had “Welcome home” printed on black T-Shirts. When I left my car to pay, I walked past them and a fine crisp salute, which everybody including the civie family members understood.
Only pity is that I couldn’t buy them a coffee.]]>