NAPLES, Fla. - A Navy veteran is making it his mission to raise awareness so veterans who aren't in uniform don't feel embarrassed to stand and salute the flag during ceremonies.
79-year old Bob Griffith was hoping the change would start this weekend at the Super Bowl, "its a lot easier if that announcer will simply just say come on vets stand up and exercise that privledge."
Griffith says it's a simple request, "when the national anthem is being played and they say ladies and gentlemen please stand for the national anthem I wanted them to add a 5 second sentence and that was as now authorized by the U.S. Congress veterans are invited to render the military salute."
But he's still waiting for a response from the NFL and even if he doesn't get one, Griffith says he's not stopping there, "all veterans are authorized to render the military salute and my challenge and my mission is to publicize that."
This all came about in 2008 under The National Defense Authorization Act signed by President George W. Bush.
Griffith retired from the Navy after 20 years of service as a Commander. He too was reluctant to stand and salute in public, but now he says that won't happen again.
"There's no question, I embarrass myself by not saluting."
Griffith is also from Illinois. He reached out to a couple Senators there and received supportive letters that gave him the confidence to move forward with this provision.