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    Should have followed the rules of the parade and his unit.

    This isn't about a fire department, this is more about being a part of a band. Never having been in band, it seems that there is a high level of structure and discipline (all that marching in step kind of thing). He let his band-mates down.

    If he wanted to wave to the president, he could have joined the other million people watching it.
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    Tripods are a big no-no around the White House, which makes sense... If someone is going to disguise a weapon as a camera, they want you to at least have an unsteady aim.[/QUO
    Never thought of that. Thats very interesting.

    I do not know how to feel about this either,
    I filled in for flag duty once or twice in the Army and know the hell you would pay for pulling a stunt like that in formation. However love him or hate him he is the Commander in Chief. If he acknowledges you invidually it could be taken as a sign of disrespect not to reciprocate. Maybe salute rather than wave? I agree though I think there was something behind the scenes nobody is being told bad blood that may have been festering or something to cause the suspension.

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    were all para-militaristic government workers. but were not the military..right?

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    It is a fact that parade participants were instructed by the USSS to not make any gestures toward the reviewing stand while marching by. A few groups did have performances in front of the viewing stand so obviously there were exceptions.

    John Coleman was suspended from the band, and then resigned. He did not lose his paying job. I feel sorry for him to a point, but he also did not follow the rules that his organization operates under.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    However, marching past the reviewing stand clockwise is very unusual. In all the parades I've been involved in, we have always marched counter-clockwise, to give the "eyes-right". Very odd, but hey. It was "His" parade!
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    One time at Band Camp ....I was suspended for waving at a Chipmunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    One time at Band Camp ....I was suspended for waving at a Chipmunk.
    Like you were just waving at the Chipmunk....
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