The latte salute: The latest in the evolution of the ObaSalute

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According to the rather boring sounding Marine Corps Order 1510.60B, otherwise known as the Marine Corps official History, Customs and Courtesy orders, the hand salute originated as a sign to a would-be aggressor that any given individual was approaching not in search of individual combat, but with friendship and goodwill, hence the showing of an empty right (fighting) hand. With the passing of time the raised right hand developed into the tipping of the hat, or at least touching the brim of the hat, as a sign of respect either to a social or military superior, or to any lady. Early in the 19th century, the proverbial tip ‘o the cap became the sharp, snappy hand salute we as a nation expect from any professional in uniform, be they military, law enforcement or firefighters.

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