Re: Flag Ceremony Etiquette
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Fri, 13 Dec 1996 17:16:31 -0700
Mark R. Vereb wrote:
Generally a command such as "Scouts Salute" is done first, since the
flag should be saluted as it comes in, much as in a parade.
> "COLOR GUARD -- ADVANCE"
If you have a bugler, add the command "Bugler sound the colors" or
something to that effect.
> "COLOR GUARD -- HALT"
I wondered a lot recently about having this in the calls. I don't
remember doing it as a scout, and I wonder if current scouts can't
figure out on their own when to stop. :)
> "COLOR GUARD -- POST THE COLORS"
I believe you are supposed to wait until after the pledge to post the
colors. You can either have the flags still be in the center after
crossing at this point or have the color guard go all the way to the
holders, from what I have seen.
> "COLOR GUARD -- SALUTE"
I was also always taught that the color guard does not salute. Everyone
else should already be saluting by this time.
> Leader invites everyone to say the Pledge of Allegiance (here you
> can use any number of introductions or just say the following)
> "PLEASE JOIN IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE"
> After the Pledge of Allegiance, the Leaders says, "Two", which ends
> the salute and then proceeds with the following (again pausing as
At this point the recitation of the Scout Oath and Law can be added in
if desired. After that is when the colors are supposed to be posted
(simultaneously if possible).
> "COLOR GUARD -- FORM UP"
> "COLOR GUARD -- RETREAT"
> "COLOR GUARD -- POST"
Or "Color Guard -- Dismissed"
> Leader asks the group to "Please be seated"
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