This Friday we observe 9/11 and honor those whose lives were lost then, and in the events that followed. This is the time to learn or brush up on the Girl Scout Flag Ceremony so your troop or group can perform it in honor of the fallen. Here is a simple way to perform a flag ceremony:
When to perform a Girl Scout flag
• Opening or closing meetings
• Opening or closing special events
• Beginning or closing a day
• Honoring a special occasion or special
• Retiring a worn flag
Adults planning questions:
Things to consider if you have younger girls
in your troop or group:
1. Who will carry the flag?
2. Who will be the color guards?
3. Who will give the directions for the
4. What song will be sung? Who will
sound the pitch and start the song?
5. Will a poem or quotation be included?
Who will say or read it?
6. After the Pledge of Allegiance, will the
Girl Scout Promise and the Law be
7. In what order will the parts
of the ceremony take
8. When will the group
9. Where will the flags be
placed at the end of the
Commands for a Flag
“Girl Scouts, attention.”
“Color guard, advance.”
“Color guard, post the colors”
“Color guard, honor your flag.”
“Please join us in saying the Pledge of
“Color guard, honor your flag.”
“Color guard, retire the colors.”
“Color guard, dismissed.”
“Girl Scouts, dismissed.”
Handling the American Flag
Display of the American flag is governed by
law to ensure that it will be treated with the
respect due the flag of a great nation. This
is known as the United States Flag Code.
Some of the rules most useful for Girl
• The American flag must be placed
in the center, and higher, when
displayed with a group of state, local,
or organizational flags flown from
staffs. It may also be positioned to the
right of other flags. (If girls were to hold
the flag while facing their audience,
their right side would be the flag’s own
• When displayed from a staff in a house
of worship or public auditorium, the
flag of the United States must hold
the position of superior prominence,
in advance of the audience, and in the
position of honor at the clergy’s or
speaker’s right as he or she faces the
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Things to Celebrate
audience. Any other flag so displayed
should be placed on the left of the
clergy or speaker or to the right of the
• The flag is to be hoisted briskly and
lowered slowly with dignity.
• The flag should never be allowed to
touch anything beneath it, nor should
it ever be carried flat or horizontally—
always aloft and free.
• Never use the flag as a cover or place
anything on top of it.
• No disrespect of any kind should be
shown to the flag of the United States.
It should be kept clean.
• The flag, when carried in a procession
with other flags, should be either on
the marching right or, if there is a line
of other flags, in front of the center of
• When you display the flag on a wall
or in a window where people see it
from the street, it should be displayed
flat with the blue part at the top and
on the flag’s own right (which is the
• When displayed after dark, the flag
should be illuminated.
For more information about flag
ceremonies, see The Girl’s Guide to Girl