Re: Flags & patriotism
Roger Phillips (roger@PHILLIPS.IDISCOVER.CO.UK)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 19:16:55 GMT
>A lot of people have sacrificed their lives so that you
>might have the freedom to express this opinion. The Flag
>represents this Nation, those people and what they did. No
>one expects you to worship the Flag, but to treat it with
>respect. Because of your family history in Germany, I would
>hope you would understand and appreciate this even more.
>The more devout respect for the Flag is generally shown by
>veterans and their families, and by those who relate to what
At the risk of upsetting someone I will put my two pennyworth in (not 2
cents). They are only my views and not those of the Association in sidcup
or elsewhere in the UK.
I feel patriotic about the Union Flag (not the Union jack). However I am
aware that not everybody feels the same as I do - especially younger people.
But Scouting is surely about putting our values over to the young people of
the world. We celebrate St Georges Day in our district each year. I am
fortunate in receiving the flags from our young people in the church. I am
proud of all our flags - more importantly I am immensely proud of the young
people who bear them. Surely that's what Scouting is really about looking
at the product we produce and being proud of them.
Let's remember the dead from all conflicts and where there is an interest
explain what it was all about. But let's remember we are in Scouting for
the young people who, thank goodness, have not known war - total or otherwise.
I also feel that this thread is getting a bit overheated. There someone can
now shoot me down - however it is a view as valid as anyone's on the list.
I don't get lost in the Hills ......... em, just mislaid
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City