Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Wed, 7 Sep 1994 23:20:39 +100
I can remember when some US Scouts came to England in 1988
I told the British Scouts that the Americans usually salute at the lowering of
the flag - we
don't, but it would be courteous to show respect and salute as the two
national colours were lowered.
The American Scout Leader told his Scouts that the British did not salute
at the lowering of colors, so they would as a matter of courtesy conform
to local practice.
The colors were duly lowered ... the British Scouts saluted and the
Americans didn't. The Americans somewhat belatedly came to the salute
just as most of the British kids dropped it ...
On day two we got our act together and <everybody> saluted.
When we have a joint US / British camp the British Scouts hoist the Union
Flag at the same time as the Stars and Stripes - otherwise it is our
custom to " break " the flag at the masthead.
The only time I have nearly taken offence was when I took a party of
Scouts to the US and the Camp Director had the Union Flag flown <below>
the Stars and Stripes on the same halyard. Somebody in his position ought to
have known that is a grave insult, and implies defeat or surrender. He
was <very> embarassed when I pointed it out and said that I did not wish
my flag to be flown at all if it could not be extended proper courtesy.
In fact I said that the British Scouts would not attend Colors at all. Next
day the flags were flown at the same height from the same pole !
At that point I gave up, rather than make an international incident.
AGSL 25th GREENWICH SC
ASM BSA TROOP 401, LONDON (UK)
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