Re: Flag Etiquette
David Scammell (David_Scammell.Orlando_spg@XEROX.COM)
Mon, 14 Aug 1995 12:22:25 PDT
I believe that some of you are missing the point. It is important to do both.
I don't think it is a question of whether one is more important than the other,
because we could discuss that point from here to eternity.
Personally, I have always seen it done (Pack, Den, Troop, District & Council
functions) since I was a boy and have done it the following:
- Opening: Post Colors, Pledge, Prayer
- Closing: Prayer (optional), Patriotic Song (optional), Retire the Colors
Remember, everything is basically interchangeable. Reverent is the last point
of the Scout Law, but does that make it any less than the others? Yet, in the
Scout Oath we say "... to God and my Country ...". On Scout Sunday (at our
Sponsoring Organization which is a church), we post the colors and do the
Pledge, before the Pastor/Preacher says the Opening Prayer.
Just because we do it this way does not mean that we're right and someone else
is wrong, this is just the way that we do it.
My advice: if it is not actually listed in Scouting materials (?) in a certain
order, then do it the way that makes you feel most comfortable.
David L. Scammell
ASM Troop 227 - Orlando, FL
Eagle Scout - OA Brotherhood
West Orange District - Central Florida Council
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