What great memories it stirs up for us. Parades, family picnics, fun at the beach and fireworks! But one of the most important things you see on July 4th is our American Flag. What does it stand for? Our nation! With all our freedoms and rights.
I can remember learning about proper flag etiquette as a Girl Scout in middle school. We also learned the proper way to fold a flag. And "The flag, when being lowered, should never touch another object or the ground. It should have waiting hands to receive it." In the Girl Scouts, after an event, the flag would be lowered ceremoniously.
When a flag is so worn that it does not serve as a proper symbol of our country, it should be burned in an appropriate manner. Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony.
Normally, the flag should be displayed between sunrise and sunset. If displayed at night it should be illuminated.
|Henderson Harbor, NY|
We are all so proud to be a part of this wonderful Nation! Hang your flag with pride and care for it with respect.
The Pledge Of Allegiance
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but its patriotism."
|Carlowden Golf Course, Denmark, NY|
Link to A Lesson for Americans by Mike Dalka
Link to Flag Etiquette: US Flag
Link to: The Star-Spangled Banner
|Photo by Theresa Perry|
Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!
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