I am going to conduct a proper and distinguishing American Flag retirement ceremony at Saint Mary’s School. The ceremony is intended to educate the public about what the American Flag means, represents, and symbolizes as the flag of our nation. I will have this ceremony in order to improve our community’s knowledge of the flag. Also, this will set a new example, giving the public an insight on how scouts can achieve great things when executed through leadership. The ceremony will include a presentation of the flag’s history, proper flag etiquette, and the viewpoints of veterans who have served beneath her and what it means to serve this country. Then at the conclusion of the ceremony, we shall have an instruction and demonstration of appropriate flag retirement procedures, then we shall retire them by fire. At this point, during the ceremony, I will ask the audience to contribute by participating in the retirement process, and then they may do so with the assistance of the scouts who have been formally instructed. To document the proceedings of the ceremony, for the future reference by others, I will instruct a scout to videotape it with a camcorder. Also there will be a separate camera taking snapshots.
This project will reap many benefits for the attendees who will be there and those who will be viewing my project video in the future. They will walk away from the ceremony with a new sense of knowledge, patriotism, and respect for this nation’s flag. They will hear about the history of the flag, from when it was used and who originally created it, to present day. They will receive information about how to treat, respect, and use the flag in its different display positions. All this will add to their understanding and comprehension of what the flag really means; freedom. Sure, the word “freedom” is used extensively when we talk about this country, but how does one truly benefit from it. To many people, freedom is taken for granted each and everyday they wake up. They don’t even realize that they are benefiting from its effects as they live out their daily lives. In schools, children given the opportunity to pledge allegiance to the flag of our country, but very few take the act seriously or are even conscience of what the pledge means. For them reciting the pledge is just another component of the morning’s usual routine: they let the words slip past their lips without taking any heed of their meaning. That’s not how it’s supposed to be and for those who witness my project, either by being there or viewing via video, will understand the true meaning.
The project will reinvigorate the public’s perspective of the American Flag. The project is designed to re-instill the values of freedom and commitment to this country. The people who attend will walk away with a new sense of pride. For instance, veterans who attend will feel that people will appreciate and honor the things that they have sacrificed for this country. They will know that there are still people who care about the things they did and what they fought for. The people will have a better understanding of the meaning of freedom.
Ever since the events of 9/11/01 there has been a noticeable increase in Patriotism around the country. Consequently, Americans have found it appropriate to display the colors more fervently in front of their homes, businesses, and public facilities. As time has progressed, these flags have become tattered and worn due to strong winds, bad weather, and exposure to the sun. There is a need now to retire and replace these honored symbols with respect and dignity, and for this reason that we may find it a privilege to do so.
In the beginning, I start out by distributing flyer/invitations to the scouts of troop 506 and other volunteers. These flyers contain information about the ceremony. The scouts, in turn, then go out into the community and hand out these flyers to small businesses, friends, neighbors, and other places that may have flags that are in need of retirement. On Sunday the 13th, there is an opportunity, which I will have the boys seize. It entails me having certain scouts pass out flyers after 11:30 mass at Saint Mary Parish while in uniform. This action will have a bigger impact of the members of the parish and help us encourage more people to attend. There is also a special list of people whom I would like to extend a welcome to as well. This list includes the Knights of Columbus, other veterans such as Bud Day, Members of Saint Mary’s School, Monsignor Cherup, Mr. Frank Caruso, members of FWB Fire Department, the Cub Scouts, local politicians, the Daily News and a few others. As the flyers are being handed out into the community and we collect flags, the scouts, from our troop, are going to have 2 classes and rehearsals about how to properly retire the flag. I will help conduct them, along with another Eagle Scout. The boys need to be prepared for ceremony. At the beginning of the ceremony, everyone attending will be given a program and information that contains the instructions of how to obtain the same information that is to be presented in the ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, I will have volunteers come early for set up. This would be at around 1-2. The duties that we would have would entail: cleaning up the auditorium, setting up the projector stand and screen, the sound system, tables and flags, podiums, setting up the chairs, preparing the barrel outside, setting up the fire truck and chairs to go along with it, finding good angles for the camera, getting a color guard flag and stand, and handing out parts. The easier tasks will be given to the younger scouts and the harder more responsible tasks will be given to the older boys.
To go over the ceremony, I shall have to arrange a practice and to do so I need to communicate with my fellow scouts and volunteers. I will call them and give them the proper information that we need to conduct this project. For instance, I will have to contact the FWB Fire Department, Saint Mary Church and the members going so that they will know. Although I might not be able to get everyone there on one day of practice, I need to understand the needs of my helpers and their schedules, so I’ve implemented another day of practice so that it might fit their plans. At the rehearsals, I will review the script with the volunteers in a class given on January 12 and 13 at Saint Mary School. The times will be at 11:00am on Saturday and 1:30pm on Sunday. The class will go over normal procedures for burning the flag, written scripts for the readers and the job of the fire handlers. I will assign the Color Guard to go over the paths that they have to travel to present the colors. I will also assign the Color Guard to practice unfolding a flag that is to be retired, while an adult volunteer is reading the poem, Old Glory. The Ushers and Greeters will also need to know where to guide the people in the auditorium, so I am assigning them the task of bringing people in and to their seats. I will show them that special guests and veterans will sit in a reserved section and in the other section will be sitting general guests. Then I will have them rehearse the whole ceremony in order to be fully prepared for the program. There are a total of 15 or so Scouts helping and 5-10 adults helping out. I will appoint 2 adults and 2 Scouts from Troop 506 to supervise the fire. There will also be a fire extinguisher at hand, in case of emergency along with members from the FWB Fire Department. As the rehearsal takes place, I will be able to see where the scouts and I are at in terms of progress. This will allow me to adjust the details and understand how they will perform.
For future reference and as a means to document my project, I am assigning a scout to record the happenings of my project with cameras. I am requesting for an adult to shoot video and a scout to take snapshots.
I expect at least 50 people to show up based on the amount of people who are willing to commit to helping me in my endeavor. To reach this goal, I will extend invitations to the following groups of people: members of Saint Mary Church, veterans from the Knights of Columbus and the FWB Fire Department,
The Ceremony Outline of Script
Who: Troop 506
What: Flag Retirement Ceremony
Where: Saint Mary’s Church
When: January 18 at 5 pm
Why: For Daniel Crotty’s Eagle Project
Welcome all the people who are present at the ceremony.
Regular Scout Opening (Pledge, Oath, Law)
Father leads us in prayer
Scouts – Reads the history of the flag
Scouts – Reads about flag etiquette
Veterans and Fire Department - come up and talk about serving America
Eagle Scouts Present – Flag Retirement Instruction
While this is happening, Scouts from 506 start fire and have it ready.
Process outside to the fire
Scouts – Unfold the Flag
Simultaneous – Read Old Glory and Play the Star Spangled Banner
Scouts – Start the burning
Volunteers – Help with the Retirement
Conclusion and Thanks
End with Closing
The Program to be handed out (will be on one page)
Who: Troop 506
What: Flag Retirement Ceremony
Where: Saint Mary’s Church
When: January 18 at 5 pm
Why: For Daniel Crotty’s Eagle Project
Ladies and Gentlemen: thank you all for coming to this honorable event. My name is Daniel Crotty and I am on a journey. I have been working very hard to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and I have chosen this ceremony to be my Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. So I welcome you all to becoming a part of my journey of becoming an Eagle Scout. Being an American means so much. Today, I would like to express to you my thoughts on how to be a good American citizen.
Scouts from Troop 506 will lead the opening of the ceremony.
“Monsignor Cherup will lead us in a prayer. It will be similar to this.
Lord, we thank You for our Country, its Flag, and the liberty for which it stands. We humbly ask You to watch over our Service members now serving under our Flag. We commit these Flags, worn-out in worthy service, to a clean and purging flame. As they yield their substance to the fire, may Thy holy light spread over us, bring warmth to our Prisoners-Of-War, provide a beacon for our Missing-In-Action to return home, and bring renewed devotion to God and Country. Amen.”
The History of the Flag
Scouts from Troop 506 and other volunteers will read about the US. Flag’s History
Proper Flag Etiquette Information
Scouts from Troop 506 and other volunteers will read about the proper use and display of the Flag and how you can respect it properly.
Message From the People Who Have Been There
Veterans and Fire Department members will come up and talk about serving America
Flag Retirement Instruction
The Directions will be presented and demonstrated by the Scouts from Troop 506. All those wishing to retire a flag may take one off the table when we go outside.
Process Outside To The Fire
The Unfolding of the Flag to be Retired
The Scouts from Troop 506 will unfold the first flag to be retired. At the same time the poem Old Glory I will be recited along with the Star Spangled Banner.
The Retirement of the Flag
The Retirement Ceremony begins and the flags are honored respectfully. Volunteers will be able to help with the retirement with the assistance from the scouts.
Monsignor Cherup will help close in prayer.
End with Closing
The Color Guard will be closing.
Information such as the History and Proper Flag Etiquette may be found in the information booklet called Our Flag. This can be accessed online at http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/ourflag.pdf
Significant Parts Overview
Ladies and Gentlemen: thank you all for coming to this honorable event. If you would please silence your cell phones at this time. My name is Daniel Crotty and I am on a journey. I have been working very hard to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and I have chosen this ceremony to be my project. So I welcome you all to becoming a part of my journey as a Boy Scout of America. Being an American means so much and today, I would like to express to you my thoughts on how to be a good one. Here today with us, we have some very special guests! This includes
Scouts from Troop 506 will lead the opening of the ceremony with a standard color guard opening where they will say:
“Will everyone please rise for the colors and invocation?”
“Color Guard Attention!”
“Color Guard Forward”
“Post the Colors”
“Please join me in the pledge”
“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”
“Now The Oath”
“On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake, and morally straight.”
“And The Law”
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”
“Color Guard, About Face”
Monsignor Cherup will lead us in a prayer that he has been instructed to produce himself.
Back to Me to Finish the Welcome
“Please Be Seated”
This Section is to be on display in the front via projector.
South Carolinians defending Fort Moultrie in Charleston Harbor in 1776 raised one of the earliest flags of American liberty. The silver crescent appeared as a badge worn on their caps. The cause for which they fought-liberty-was emblazoned on the crescent.
GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS
General John Stark of New Hampshire commanded a militia brigade known as the "Green Mountain Boys.' Tradition relates that its green flag was flown at the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777. As in many American flags, the stars here were arranged in an arbitrary fashion. Nevertheless they signified the unity of the Thirteen Colonies in their struggle for independence.
RHODE ISLAND REGIMENT
The State flags of America found their earliest forms during the Revolutionary War. The starry canton in the flag of the Rhode Island Regiment symbolized national unity, but the white field corresponded to the uniform of the State troops. The anchor symbol and motto which completed the design had been used for more than a century. The original flag may be found in the State House in Providence.
COMMODORE PERRY'S FLAG
During the War of 1812 Captain James Lawrence of the Chesapeake encouraged his men, as he lay dying by exhorting "Don't Give Up the Ship." Three months later at the Battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Perry emblazoned these words on a flag which carried him to victory. Similar flags and mottoes have inspired Americans throughout our two centuries of existence.
Originally believed to have been carried during the Revolution, this flag is now seen as having probably been made for the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1826. Its design is typical of the exuberant artistic expressions found in flags of the 19th century.
During the Civil War a special version of the United States flag-with swallowtail and stars of gold instead of white-was carried by the cavalry. General Custer and others used the flag in succeeding decades in the West.
History to be read
This section shall be read in a dueling manner, at the podium, to be more refreshing, and dramatically. Each of the following flags will be presented by hand from volunteers I have chosen.
Scout one will read this. (1 minute and 10 seconds)
During the night of September 13, 1814, the British fleet bombarded Fort McHenry in the harbor at Baltimore, Maryland. Francis Scott Key watched the attack from the deck of a British prisoner-exchange ship. He had gone to seek the release of a friend but they were refused permission to go ashore until after the attack had been made. As the battle ceased on the following morning, Key turned his telescope to the fort and saw that the American flag was still waving. The sight so inspired him that he pulled a letter from his pocket and began to write the poem which eventually was adopted as the national anthem of the United States—“The Star-Spangled Banner.” Key was returned to Baltimore and later that day took a room at a Baltimore tavern where he completed the poem. Years later, Key told a hometown audience in Frederick, Maryland:
“I saw the flag of my country waving over a city—the strength and pride of my native State—a city devoted to plunder and desolation by its assailants. I witnessed the preparation for
It’s assaults. I saw the array of its enemies as they advanced to the attack. I heard the sound of battle; the noise of the conflict fell upon my listening ear, and told me that ‘the brave and the free’ had met the invaders.”
Early American Flags
Scout Three will read this part. (2 minutes and 50 seconds)
Archeological digs in northern India, dating around 3,500 B.C., have uncovered a seal, used to sign documents. The seal shows a procession of seven men carrying square standards, held aloft on poles like modern flags. While these ancient flags were rigid, like boards, and not made of cloth as modern flags are, they provided ample testimony that heraldry and the displaying of banners dated to the earliest civilizations.
The Vikings carried a flag which bore a black raven on a field of white. In 1492 Columbus sailed to our shores with his three small ships displaying the Spanish flag bearing two red lions and two yellow castles. The Dutch brought their flags when they settled in New Amsterdam, which we now call New York, and pioneers from other nations also brought along the standards of their countries when they settled on our shores. It is only natural, therefore, that Americas should create colonial flags as soon as the first colonists settled. Given the disparate array of settlers, it is not surprising that a wide variety of flags was created. In the early days of the Revolution, there were colonial and regimental flags by the score. The first flags adopted by our colonial forebears were symbolic of their struggles with the wilderness of the new land. Beavers, pine trees, rattlesnakes, anchors and various other insignia were affixed to different banners with mottoes such as “Hope,” “Liberty,” “Appeal to Heaven,” or “Don't Tread on Me.”
Back to Scout one. (1 minute and 15 seconds)
The Moultrie flag was the first distinctive American flag displayed in the South. It flew over the ramparts of the fort on Sullivan’s Island, which lies in the channel leading to Charleston, South Carolina, when the British fleet attacked on June 28, 1776. The British ships bombarded the fort for 10 hours. But the garrison, consisting of some 375 regulars and a few militia, under the command of Col. William Moultrie, put up such a gallant defense that the British were forced to withdraw under cover of darkness. This victory saved the southern Colonies from invasion for another two years. The flag was blue, as were the uniforms of the men of the garrison, and it bore white crescent in the upper corner next to the staff, like the silver crescents the men wore on their caps, in-scribed with the words “Liberty or Death.”
The Maritime Colony of Rhode Island had its own flag, which was carried at Brandywine, Trenton, and Yorktown. It bore an anchor, 13 stars, and the word “Hope.” Its white stars in a blue field are believed by many to have influenced the design of our national flag. The Army preferred its regimental flags on the battlefield instead of the Stars and Stripes. The Army also used the Stars and Stripes with 13 stars in a circle. The Stars and Stripes was officially used in Army artillery units in 1834 and in infantry units in 1842.
The History of the Stars and Stripes
Scout two will read this part. (45 seconds)
The Stars and Stripes originated as a result of a resolution adopted by the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777.
The resolution read:
“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”
The resolution gave no instruction as to how many points the stars should have, or how the stars should be arranged on the blue union. Consequently, some flags had stars scattered on the blue field without any specific design, some arranged the stars in rows, and some in a circle.
An Early Stars and Stripes
Scout three will read this part. (1 minute and 32 seconds)
During the Revolutionary War, several patriots made flags for our new Nation. Among them were Cornelia Bridges, Elizabeth (Betsy) Ross, and Rebecca Young, all of Pennsylvania, and John Shaw of Annapolis, Maryland. Although Betsy Ross, the best known of these persons, made flags for 50 years, there is no proof that she made the first Stars and Stripes. It is known that she made flags for the Pennsylvania State Navy in 1777. The flag popularly
known as the “Betsy Ross flag,” which arranged the stars in a circle, did not appear until the early 1790’s. The claims of Betsy Ross were first brought to the attention of the public in 1870 by one of her grandsons, William J. Canby. In a paper he read before the meeting of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Canby stated:
“It is not tradition, it is report from the lips of the principal participator in the transaction, directly told not to one or two, but a dozen or more living witnesses, of which I myself am one, though but a little boy when I heard it.... Colonel Ross with Robert Morris and General Washington, called on Mrs. Ross and told her they were a committee of Congress, and wanted her to make a flag from the drawing, a rough one, which, upon her suggestions, was redrawn by General Washington in pencil in her back parlor. This was prior to the Declaration of Independence. I fix the date to be during Washington’s visit to Congress from New York in June, 1776 when he came to confer upon the affairs of the Army, the flag being
no doubt, one of these affairs.”
The Grand Union Flag
Scout one will read this part. (1 minute and 25 seconds)
The first flag of the colonists to have any resemblance to the present Stars and Stripes was the Grand Union Flag, sometimes referred to as the Congress Colors, the First Navy Ensign, and the Cambridge Flag. Its design consisted of 13 stripes, alternately red and white, representing the Thirteen Colonies, with a blue field in the upper left-hand corner bearing the red cross of St. George of England with the white cross of St. Andrew of Scotland. As the flag of the revolution it was used on many occasions. It was first flown by the ships of the Colonial Fleet on the Delaware River. On December 3, 1775, it was raised aboard Captain Esek Hopkin’s flag-ship “Alfred” by John Paul Jones, then a Navy lieutenant. Later the flag was raised on the liberty pole at Prospect Hill, which was near George Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was our unofficial national flag on July 4, 1776, Independence Day; and it remained the unofficial national flag and ensign of the Navy until June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress authorized the Stars and Stripes.
Fifteen Stars and Stripes
Scout two will read this part. (3 minutes and 50 seconds)
When two new States were admitted to the Union (Kentucky and Vermont), a resolution was adopted in January of 1794, expanding the flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes. This flag was the official flag of our country from 1795 to 1818, and was prominent in many historic events. It inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the bombardment of Fort McHenry; it was the first flag to be flown over a fortress of the Old World when American Marine and Naval forces raised it above the pirate stronghold in Tripoli on April 27, 1805; it was the ensign of American forces in the Battle of Lake Erie in September of 1813; and it was flown by General Jackson in New Orleans in January of 1815. However, realizing that the flag would become unwieldy with a stripe for each new State, Capt. Samuel C. Reid, USN, suggested to Congress that the stripes remain 13 in number to represent the Thirteen Original Colonies, and that a star be added to the blue field for each new State coming into the Union. Accordingly, on April 4, 1818, President Monroe accepted a bill requiring that the flag of the United States have a union of 20 stars, white on a blue field, and that upon admission of each new State into the Union one star be added to the union of the flag on the fourth of July following its date of admission. The 13 alternating red and white stripes would remain unchanged. This act succeeded in prescribing the basic design of the flag, while assuring that the growth of the Nation would be properly symbolized. Eventually, the growth of the country resulted in a flag with 48 stars upon the admission of Arizona and New Mexico in 1912. Alaska added a 49th in 1959 and Hawaii a 50th star in 1960. With the 50-star flag came a new design and arrangement of the stars in the union, a requirement met by President Eisenhower, issued August 21, 1959. To conform to this, a national banner with 50 stars became the official flag of the United States. The flag was raised for the first time at 12:01 a.m. on July 4, 1960, at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, Maryland. Traditionally a symbol of liberty, the American flag has carried the message of freedom to many parts of the world. Sometimes the same flag that was flying at a crucial moment in our history has been flown again in another place to symbolize continuity in our struggles for the cause of liberty. One of the most memorable is the flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington on December 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. This same flag was raised again on December 8 when war was declared on Japan, and three days later at the time of the declaration of war against Germany and Italy. President Roosevelt called it the “flag of liberation” and carried it with him to the Casablanca Conference and on other historic occasions. It flew from the mast of the U.S.S. Missouri during the formal Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945.
Following the War of 1812, a great wave of nationalistic spirit spread throughout the country; the infant Republic had successfully defied the might of an empire. As this spirit spread, the Stars and Stripes became a symbol of sovereignty. The homage paid that banner is best expressed by what some gifted men of later generations wrote concerning it. The writer Henry Ward Beecher said:
Adult Reader will read this part. (55 seconds)
“A thoughtful mind when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself. And whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag, the government, the principles, the truths, the history that belongs to the nation that sets it forth. The American flag has been a symbol of Liberty and men rejoiced in it.
“The stars upon it were like the bright morning stars of God, and the stripes upon it were beams of morning light. As at early dawn the stars shine forth even while it grows light, and then as the sun advances that light breaks into banks and streaming lines of color, the glowing red and intense white striving together, and ribbing the horizon with bars effulgent, so, on the American flag, stars and beams of many-colored light shine out together ....”
Scout two will read this part. (3 seconds)
In a 1917 Flag Day message, President Wilson said:
Adult Reader will read this part. (1 minute and 10 seconds)
“This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation. The choices are ours. It floats in majestic silence above the hosts that execute those choices, whether in peace or in war. And yet, though silent, it speaks to us—speaks to us of the past, of the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it. “We celebrate the day of its birth; and from its birth until now it has witnessed a great history, has floated on high the symbol of great events, of a great plan of life worked out by a great people....
“Woe be to the man or group of men that seeks to stand in our way in this day of high resolution when every principle we hold dearest is to be vindicated and made secure for the salvation of the nation. We are ready to plead at the bar of history, and our flag shall wear a new luster. Once more we shall make good with our lives and fortunes the great faith to which we were born, and a new glory shall shine in the face of our people.”
Etiquette Info on display
Group Two: A new group of readers will come up and read.
This section will be read by scout one.
This Section will have its pictures displayed on the overhead, while the captions read.
Display and Use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition
This will be read by scout one. (30 seconds)
The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States of America is established for the use of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments of the Government of the United States.
Position and manner of display
The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag's own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag's own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
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 flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
Etiquette Info to be read
FLAG LAWS AND REGULATIONS
National anthem; The Pledge, conduct during playing
Scout three will read this part. (35 seconds)
During rendition of the national anthem or the pledge when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.
Time and occasions for display
This will be read by scout one. (1 minute and 25 seconds)
(a) It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
(b) The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
(c) The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.
(d) The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on all federally recognized holidays.
(e) The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.
(f) The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.
(g) The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.
FLAG LAWS AND REGULATIONS continued
Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag
This will be read by scout two. (2 minutes 10 seconds)
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute.
Modification of rules and customs by President
This will be read by scout three. (55 seconds)
Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.
Respect for the Flag
This will be read by scout one. (25 seconds)
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
Veterans and Fort Walton Beach Fire Department Speak
I will have a few speakers come up and give a few words on what serving America has meant for them. This will help me express my message across by exposing the public to real people who knows what it means to be an American and a Patriot. Then we can listen to what they have to say and be able to think about what they feel serving this country means.
Flag Retirement Instruction
This is where I come up and represent Troop 506 and show them how this job is to be done. I shall teach the audience what they need to know about contributing to the ceremony. The Flag is very important and I need them to know how to handle it when they are helping. If they succeed, I will know whether or not I can effectively teach a group a new skill.
Daniel Crotty will say: (3 minute and 30 seconds)
When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, he was risking his name, honor, his fortune, and his very life. It was treasonous to speak out against the King of England, and this document protested everything the king was doing. Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers were after one thing and that one thing was Freedom! These men wanted freedom from tyranny, freedom from unjust taxes, and freedom from inadequate, virtual representation in Parliament. These men felt that these were all worthy causes for men to fight for and they knew that the ideals of freedom were more than enough to win the hearts of the other colonists. Together, with the sacrifices of many men and the contributions of other countries, the United States was born. As our history progressed, Americans found new ways and reasons to express this freedom. One of the most important and symbolic is the American Flag. She isn’t just a cloth that we say the pledge to. She is a symbol that contains the hearts and minds of everyone who ever cared for this country. She is the lives of men and women who died for it and the spirit that beats behind this free democratic republic that they helped create. She is the face of the United States and she deserves our respect.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming to this presentation. Now we shall proceed to the retirement of all the flags that we have collected and chosen to honor. To do so I will ask 4 of my fellow scouts to help demonstrate. We will be dealing with fire so it is for your benefit to pay attention. There will be members of the FWB Fire Department to help in case of emergency.
Each flag has flown as a symbol of freedom, so please feel free to volunteer. There shall be a person at each corner of the flag as we retire them. They shall respectfully carry the flag to the fire and place it into the flames. In most cases the flags will be too large to fit entirely over the fire so we ask you, to then take your individual corners and toss them into the center of the fire. This will ensure that the flags are entirely burned.
Then after you are done, you step aside and allow the next flag to be retired. You may help retire as many flags as there are available, but we ask that everyone who wants to contribute may get a chance to do so.
A scout must accompany each group of volunteers. Safety is a key matter in this ceremony and it will be at your own risk for you to contribute. All those wishing to help, please take a flag off the table. Now if I could arrange for everyone to join me outside, please follow the color guard out to the retirement site at the end of the parking lot. The ushers will dismiss you by sections to leave.
Color Guard: Caller-Color Guard Attention. Retrieve the colors. About face. Forward March.
Outside with the Fire
Two scouts outside will be tending to the fire. I will have to evaluate my volunteers and see who can qualify for the job. To qualify, they will both have their fireman chit cards earned and knowledge of fire. They will be in charge of lighting, tending, and extinguishing the fire. An adult will be on stand-by to extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher if anything goes wrong. (If the barrels were to tip over, or the flames come out of the barrel) These events are not likely to happen seeing as how the fire will be out of the wind in a barrel. The fire will be propane powered and have low flames. This is to avoid flying flag particles from blowing away in the wind.
Safety is a major priority in this project. There are several things that could occur that we would not want to happen. For instance, some ash or flag particle could escape the fire and burn a volunteer or someone in the audience. This is an undesirable effect and there is a way to avoid it. The barrel we shall be using is propane powered and it is equip with a cover on the top. This will prevent, if not eliminate a chance of a hazardous object from escaping the flames. Now, there is still a chance for things to go wrong. That is why I have asked the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department to be there. They will have a fire engine available as well as a fire injury oriented first aid kit. The fire department is willing to offer there assistance if it is at all needed. They are well trained in treating fire-oriented injuries, and the scout will all have their first aid merit badge.
We shall leave the auditorium to go and retire the flags outside. As I have instructed, scouts will burn the first two flags. Then, volunteers may join in the ceremony. As the first flag is unfolded and burned I will have someone playing the Star Spangled Banner either on the trumpet, or on a recording and an adult will recite the Poem Old Glory. Old Glory is this:
I AM THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
By Howard Schnauber
I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is "Old Glory".
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
My head is a little higher,
My colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped -- I am saluted.
I am loved -- I am revered.
I am respected -- and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war
for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg,
Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill,
the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome
and the beaches of Normandy, Guam,
Okinawa, Korea, and Vietnam.
I was there. I led my troops.
I was dirty, battle-weary and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me
And I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled
on the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn
and trampled on the streets of my country.
And when it's by those whom I've served in battle -- it hurts.
But I shall overcome -- for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips
and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.
MY NAME IS "OLD GLORY".
LONG MAY I WAVE.
As the last few flags are finished Monsignor Cherup will come up to the podium, and close with a benediction that he has prepared himself. It will relate to the overall message of the ceremony. Afterwards the color guard does a closing.
The caller will ask every one to attention, invite the color guard to retrieve the colors, and ask them to process out. This will officially end the ceremony.
Diagram of Auditorium
Diagram of the Fire Area
Looking at the materials I will need, can help me know what resources I will have to use and what is available.
United States Flags to be retired (as many as we collect)
A United States Flag for Ceremony (2)
A Projector w/ Laptop Computer (The Media Presentation Cart)
Bunting and Table Cloth Decorations
Music to Set the Tone
Duct Tape and Tacks
Our Flag Documents and Presentations
Scouts of Troop 506
Zak Boston (Reader 1)
Edward Reed (Reader 2)
Nick Garza (Reader 3)
Member of the Knights of Columbus
Members of the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department
Saint Mary’s Church Pastor and Congregation