Re: Flags & patriotism, New Question
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Fri, 12 Jul 1996 20:15:31 -0600
At 09:29 AM 7/12/96 -0400, Chaplain Morrison wrote:
(someone else wrote:)
>>One of the flag etiquette books . . . suggested that in situations . . .
>>parades where there are lots of flags, you should salute the colors leading
>the >parade and skip the rest.
>If you follow this advice, what impression does it give to folks who don't
>know to honor the Flag? What do the late-comers think of our attitude
>toward our national symbol? How bad would it be if we were at such a parade
>with a scout troop or cub pack in uniforms and showed little or no respect
>for the Colors as they passed by?
In my parade experience, the majority of observers don't bother to salute
the first flag, the last flag or any flag in between. For many, they come to
relax and enjoy the parade. They bring chairs and don't want to be jumping
up and down every time a flag passes. Others have thier hands full keeping
their toddlers from rushing out into the street. Personally, I wouldn't mind
observers only saluting the first flag in the parade. What really gripes me
is the people at the Sporting events who (sometimes) stand for the National
Anthem, but don't sing, then start screaming at the beginning of the last
line (which by the way is not "Play Ball").
Besides, if I were at a parade with a scout troop or cub pack in uniform, we
wouldn't be watching the parade, we'd be marching in it.
Just my opinion.
Jim Peterson /\
Cubmaster, Pack 379, Auburndale, Wisconsin ("\/")
Advancement Chair, Troop 379, Blenker, Wisconsin ~''~
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