Crossing the Colors?
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 21 Oct 1995 13:22:26 -0400
Title 36 of the United States Code starting at Section 170 gives the
rules concerning respect for the U.S. Flag and includes the following:
When used on a speaker's platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be
displayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a church or
public auditorium, the flag of the United States should hold the position
of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position
of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience.
Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman
or speaker or to the right of the audience.
This means that the Speaker is supposed to be between the flags and not
himself in a position of superior prominence. The idea of some defined
space between the flags where no one is to trod is nonesense. I wonder
whether the septigenarian makes his pastor stand to and salute in going
from the lecturn to the altar, etc. Frankly, it sounds like he may be
recalling (and not all that well) a custom from a military situation in a
particularly unique circumstance with over generalization. Scouts should
not be trying to squeeze between staff and wall to avoid a rectangle or
face psychological abuse, this does not honor the flag or breed patrotism
instead making a mockery out of something that ought to be fairly simple.
He needs to be eased out of the situation.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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