Re: Using the flag on camp site
Sinkey, MSgt Stephen (15SASO2.HQAMC@MHS.SAFB.AF.MIL)
Wed, 2 Feb 1994 12:19:00 LCL
"Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary" defines a flag (used in this
context) as: "A usually rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive
design that is used as a symbol (as of a nation).....
In the most basic sense, that's all a flag really does, represents a
group. This group could be a Boy Scout patrol, troop, district, council,
all the way up to a country! A nation's flag tends to have quite a bit
more history and tradition, but for a few exceptions in history, a
national flag belongs and represents the people of that country, not the
military. How many people don't get goose bumps when their national flag
is raised at a national sporting event (like the Olympics) and feel just
a little bit a part of the winning team?
There may be misconceptions by some that the flag is owned and
represents a country's military. This may happen because when people
usually see a flag ceremony, the flag is being presented by the
military. The military doesn't hold exclusive rights to being an honor
guard for a flag ceremony! I've seen Boy Scout troops presenting the
US Flag at professional football and baseball games!
I hope this helps, Gerald.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City