Re: Flag Ceremony
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 10:00:38 -0500
On Sun, 15 Dec 1996, Monte Kalisch wrote:
> At 03:50 PM 12/15/96 -0500, Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> >On Sun, 15 Dec 1996, Michael J Pagelkopf wrote:
> >> 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?
> >In the US, the US flag is posted last BECAUSE it has precedence. It is
> >the highest ranking and therefore it waits least for the procedings to
> >begin. Think of it as the President arriving, or the mother of the
> >bride; As soon as it, he, she is in place, things start...these folks
> >don't sit around waiting for latecomers. <G>
> "(f) When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies
> are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the
> latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent
> staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered
> last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United
> States or to the United States flag's right."
I was under the impression, evidently mistaken?, that we were discussing
the presenting of colors INDOORS, where the flags are carried pre-fixed to
poles which are placed in stands.
The ceremonies are of course different if one is raising the flag for the
first time today or retiring it at the end of the day and if one is
"simply" doing a ceremonial presentation of colors.
And, just for the record for those Marylanders on the list: the ONLY
emblem permitted atop the flagpole bearing the Maryland State flag is a
Bottony Cross. No balls, no eagles, no points -- a bottony cross or nothing.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City