1 American Flag Etiquette By Peggy Schafer 5th grade Gasconade County R-II 2 Objectives Pursuant to Missouri Statutes 161.104.1 The state board of education shall provide by Rule for a program of instruction relating to the flag of the United States of America and instruction in etiquette and in its correct use and display and such other patriotic exercises as may be expedient. Such instruction at a minimum shall include sections 36 U.S.C. 170 to 177. 3 For more than 200 years the American flag has been the symbol of our nations strength and unity. Its been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens. And it has been prominent in our national history. 4 On June 14 1777 in order to establish an official flag for the new nation the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act Resolved That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes alternate red and white that the union be thirteen stars white in a blue field representing a new Constellation. 5 Between 1777 and 1960 Congress passed several acts that changed the shape design and arrangement of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to reflect the admission of each new state. 6 The Flag Code formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag. Some of them are
The flag should be lighted at all times either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source
When the flag is lowered no part of it should touch the ground or any other object it should be received by waiting hands and arms.
To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
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.
The flag should be flown in fair weather unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
8 Rules for Displaying the American Flag Outdoors 9 Displaying the Flag Indoors
When on display the flag is accorded the place of honor always positioned to its right. Place it to the right of the speaker of the staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left
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 localities or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
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When displaying the flag against a wall vertically or horizontally the flags union (stars) should be a the top to the flags own right and to the observers left.
12 Parading and Saluting the Flag
When carried in a procession the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right.
When the flag passes in a procession or when it is hoisted or lowered all should face the flag and salute.
To salute all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and those with a head cover should remove it and hold it to the left shoulder hand over the heart.
13 The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed at the flag if displayed otherwise the music.
14 The Flag in Mourning
To place the flag at half staff hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised to the peak for a moment before it is lowered.
On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.
The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
When used to cover a casket the flag should be placed with the union at the head over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.
16 (No Transcript) 17 Folding the Flag 18 Summary The National Flag is a symbol of our great country our heritage and our place in the world. We owe reverence and respect to our flag. It represents the highest ideals of individual liberty justice and equal opportunity for all. 19 Assessment Students will be divided into 6 groups. Each group will work together to answer the following questions. They will report back to the entire class. Group 1. Practice folding the U.S. Flag. Demonstrate to the class. Group 2. (1) When you hear the National Anthem played what should you do Demonstrate to the class. (2) How should the flag be disposed of Group 3. (1) During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade what should you do Demonstrate to the class. (2) There are places where the flag should be displayed daily. What are they Group 4. (1) When should the flag be flown at half staff (2) When can the flag be displayed with the union down Group 5. (1) Name the flag holidays. (2) How should the flag be hoisted and lowered. Group 6. (1) Demonstrate how the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag should be presented. (2) What is the universal custom in displaying the flag 20 ReferencesOur Flag Annin and Co. Form 990004 1997http//www.usflag.org/flagetiquette. htmlhttp//www.usflag.org/history/historicflags. html 21 (No Transcript) 22 (No Transcript)
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