Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Happy Flag Day!

 If you’re looking for a way to honor veterans this Memorial Day, or celebrate Flag Day, hold a flag ceremony! A flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it represents. It’s also a great way to teach girls how to properly handle a flag.

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 Scouts are:
• The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
• When the flags are posted in stands or raised on a pole, the American flag is always kept higher than other flags, so it is placed in its stand after other flags are lowered into their standards, or it is raised up a pole first. When it’s time to retire the colors, the American flag is taken out of its stand first so it remains the highest flag at all times.
• 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 that line
• When you display the flag on a wall or in a window where people can 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 observer's left).
• When displayed after dark, the flag should be illuminated.
• 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. For more details to include in your flag ceremony go to girlscouts.org, click “About Girl Scouts” and then click “Ceremonies”. Scroll down to “Flag Ceremony”.




Happy Flag Day!