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Fly Your Flag!

Jun 14, 2012

Today is National Flag Day, and Girl Scouts all across the country will hold flag ceremonies honoring the American flag as the symbol of our country’s hopes and dreams.

When our flag was first approved by Congress on June 14, 1777, it had 13 stars and stripes representing the 13 original colonies. The 50th star was added on July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became a state.

Girl Scouts often use the American flag to open and close meetings and special events or to honor a special occasion or person. If you’re planning a flag ceremony with your troop, you might think about:

Who will carry the flag? (The color bearer or flag bearer is the person who carries the flag.)

Will you sing a song? If so, which one?

Will a poem or quote be part of the ceremony? Who will recite or read it?

After the Pledge of Allegiance, will the Girl Scout Promise and Law be said?

Where will the flag be placed at the end of the ceremony?

There are special ways to handle the American flag. For example, it must always be displayed in a place of superior prominence, such as in the center and higher than other state, local, or organization flags. And a flag should never touch anything beneath it or be used to cover anything.

The most important thing to remember is that flag ceremonies share one thing, a great respect for the flag and all that it symbolizes.