Re: Flags & patriotism
Ed Faynor (EDFAYNOR@AOL.COM)
Mon, 22 Jul 1996 16:22:55 -0400
In a message dated 96-07-11 Ed Darrell wrote:
>Acknowledging discussion before, I address the issue of how to instill pride
>and reverence for the U.S. flag.
>The answer is simple and difficult: Model the way. Do it yourself:
To add to your response, I would like to share a way that our Troop tries
to instill a sense of respect and appreciation for our Flag and the Nation
and People that it represents.
It has become a tradition that on one night during Summer Camp the
entire Troop assembles in full Class "A"s and we proceed through a
program of Flag History and Meaning, short readings with a Patriotic
theme and which culminates in the burning of several hundred American
Flags which have been accumulated by our local VFW over the last year.
We have been granted the privilege of providing an appropriate retirement
ceremony for the many Flags which have been locally flown over the
graves of all the men and women who served our Nation in the military
since the American Revolution and which have flown over the businesses
and Public buildings in our area.
Picture a Scout encampment with a blazing fire on an island in the middle of
an Appalachian Mountain lake. Backdrop to the fire is a huge American Flag.
Fifteen Scouts and Seven Adult Leaders ( three former Scoutmasters and the
current Scoutmaster participating), full Class "A" uniforms. As the large
lowered, Retreat is sounded by a lone bugle and echo s across the lake. The
Flag is placed into the fire by the Color Guard. Each Scout in turn receives
several Flags and adds them to the fire with a moment of silent contemplation
or a brief statement. Each Leader shares a thought as they also add Flags
to the ever growing blaze. The Flags that have flown over the graves give off
an eerie green flame. The last Leader adds three handfuls of Flags and
names three fallen comrades, one of which was his Naval Academy roommate.
Breathing evenly becomes very difficult.The mountains return the sounds of
and the Scouts retire to their bedrolls in self induced silence.
ASM Troop 61 Southbury, CT
Acting Scoutmaster Summer Camp
Cedarlands Scout Reservation
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City