Thursday, September 8, 2011

Learning about the US Flag

One of our Cub Scout Achievements this year is learning how to raise, lower and fold the US Flag.

Since the Chief is a retired Military Man he knows all about the flag.  I had hem show the boy how to respect the flag.


We also talked about the rules. 
1. Display the flag from sunrise to sunset. It may be flown 24 hours a day if illuminated at night.

2. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

3. The flag should not be displayed in inclement weather unless it is an all-weather flag.

4. When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a balcony or building, the union, or blue field, should be at the peak of the staff.

5. When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

6. The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
7. When displayed, the flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor or water.

8. When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

9. The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used or stored where it could be easily torn, soiled or damaged in any way.

10. When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.


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