Americanisms

I, too, Gail Conder would like to have an answer to the question when did hand on heart become Australian (C8 22 Feb). You were embarrassed to see our PM stand hand on heart with the NZ PM proud and respectful (no hands on heart) beside him. But even worse was years ago to see John Howard taking the salute (not ever having served), and marching beside George W (questionable military record). He was progressing like an Australian, hands by his sides and he looked over to see GW hand on heart and promptly took up the same pose. Embarrassing but so true of the relationship between the two.  Someone should ask ex-servicemen about this – I have always understood that ex-servicemen do it passing a memorial to dead servicemen, covering their own medals to say – mine are less than those of the people honoured by the memorial.

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