The Bellamy Salute, the national salute of the U.S. until 1942’s Flag Code was adopted.
Looks like those kids are defecting to Germany and joining the Hitler Youth, doesn’t it? Well, in fact, those are (probably) faithful American citizens performing the Bellamy Salute. The Bellamy Salute, now infamous for being the Nazi regime’s favorite way to say “Hello!”, was the national salute of the United States before being replaced by the Pledge of Allegiance in 1942’s Flag Code laws. For those of you keeping score, that’s three years after the start of World War II.