Re: Flag Ceremony
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Sun, 15 Dec 1996 12:26:45 -0700
>1) It appears that the salute is given during the Pledge and not when
>the flags are presented. Is this correct?
Scouts in uniform use the BSA salute during the pledge of allegiance and
scouts not in uniform use the normal hand-over-heart technique.
>2) The conflict I have found with question (1) is that a salute is
>required when the flag passes in parade or review. Is the presentation of
>the colors into a room considered a review and therefore the salure is
>required? The required salute for the flag passing in "review" is further
>complicated by the required that the salute is not held until the command=
>"two". The salute is given when the approaching flag is about six paces
>away and held until the flag is six paces past.
If the flags are folded (as in they are going to be hoisted onto already
standing flag poles), then you do not need to salute as they are carried to
the flagpoles; however, if they are free (already on a pole), then you
should salute. In a normal indoor ceremony, the caller should bring
everyone to attention, call for a salute, tell the color guard to forward
march, etc. The "two" command should not be issued until after the flags
have been posted/raised. The Pledge of Allegiance is not a required part
of a flag ceremony, but if you are going to use it then make sure Scouts
>3) I have received mixed messages as to the posting sequence of the
>flags. Is the US Flag posted first or last? In the hosting of the colors
>the US Flag goes up first. Since the general rule is that the US Flag
>proceeds why would the US Flag be posted last?
That depends. Flags of different nations (international flags) should be
risen, lowered, and displayed at the same height (with the American flag
furthest to the right if you're in America). When displaying flags that
are not of the same importance (i.e. State or Troop) flags, then the
American flag is always risen first, lowered last, and displayed in the
center above the other flags. Think about it this way: you want the
American flag to be displayed (so long as it is not displayed with other
nation's flags) as long as possible during the day; raise and lower it so
you can accomplish this objective.
>4) Does the color guard salute once the flags are posted?
The color guard should come to a full salute as soon as they are able.
That means when the flag leaves their hands, etc. they should salute until
the caller says "two."
>5) The salute is completed at the end of the Pledge. Does the=
>remain at attention until the color guard returns to the rank?
Yes. Everyone stands at attention from the beginning to the end of the
ceremony, and the ceremony does not end until the color guard returns to
rank and the caller says "at ease."
Hopefully that helps a little.
Yours in Scouting,
Monte Kalisch =95 mailto:email@example.com
NCS Program, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (http://www.montekcs.com/www/bdsr)
ASM Troop 191, Ft. Collins, CO
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