Flag dedication Ceremony
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Fri, 3 Apr 1998 19:39:55 +0000
Hello to the list,
Yesterday my Bears and I had a great experience. Our elementary
school's flag was very faded and worn, so I ordered a new flag to be flown
at the Capitol in Washington , D.C. (contact your state reperesentative or
senator) in honor of our school. My boys then retired the old flag and
presented the new flag to the school at the end of a (Wonderful!)
patriotic/historical play put on by the 4th grade for the school. My son's
principal was nearly in tears.
I made up the ceremony from bits and pieces of ceremonies posted on
Scouts-L, in the Archives, and elsewhere on the 'Net.
The impact on the kids was great. All of the Cub Scouts and many of
the Girl Scouts in the school came that day in uniform. We had them sit
together in a special "reserved" section of the Auditorim. I tried to
involve as many cubs as possible, once I realized that the other Bear Den
members were in tears because they were to just watch. (If anyone else does
this, plan on having >something< for the other Scouts (in uniform) in the
school to do, even if it is just stand in the background on the stage.. I
feel very badly that some feelings were hurt, but I managed to smooth them
over, I think. They were proud to wear that uniform, and are very
patriotic, yet). You could have heard a pin drop during the folding after
the song. Powerful stuff!
Here is the text of the ceremony, anyone who wishes to use it or
change it to suit their needs, please feel free to do so:
Flag Replacement/Dedication Ceremony for LES
Thursday April 2, 1998 1:00 PM
Approx. length of time 7 minutes School Assembly in the Little Theater
Bear Den 4, Pack 410 to be the Color/Honor Guard (additional Scouts to be
used from Den 2)
Lorie McGraw, Bear Den Leader
Old tattered flag from in front of the school
New flag that has been flown over the nation's Capitol plus certificate
Principal Dr. Amundson to receive the new flag.
Ceremony to take place after 4th grade play "Our Country's History: The
First Hundred Years", by Mrs. Beamer, Music and Arts Taacher.
Order of Ceremony:
Cub Scouts and Leader Lorie McGraw advance to the stage. Two Cub Scouts are
holding the old flag draped over their arms (folded lengthwise), one Cub
Scout has the new flag, Cub Scout has the framed certificate. Four to 6
additional Scouts to fold the flag also advance.
Lorie McGraw: (to School and Dr. A.): Our flag is the symbol of our
country. Have you ever stopped to think what the flag really means?
As you look at your Flag, remember that it is red because of the blood of
the men and women who have died to keep our country free. It is blue
because of the true blue loyalty of its defenders and people. It is white
to symbolize liberty -our land of the free. And the stars are symbols of
our states, and the our hope for a bright and shining future.
(turn to Dr. A.) Dr. Amundson, please come forward.
(Scouts brings old flag to the front)
LM: We have an old friend here who has fulfilled his duty to our country.
The flag which has proudly waved in front of Leaphart for many years is now
worn and faded, and we are here to retire him with honor. (to school)
Please rise and be respectful as the Cub Scouts fold this flag for the last
(Scouts fold flag)
(Mrs. B. leads school in "My Country 'tis of thee')
(One Scout holds the folded flag as the Honor Guard steps back)
LM: This proud symbol of our country will be retired officially by the
(Scouts bring forward new folded flag and certificate)
LM to Dr. A.: Congress has decreed that the American Flag fly over each
school. I am honored to present to you and the citizens of Leaphart
Elementary a new flag. This flag is very special. It has been flown over
the Capitol Building in Washington DC in honor of Leaphart Elementary
School, as a symbol of the loyalty and faith in the United States of
America. My hope is that it will now fly proudly over Leaphart, and that
all of your students, teachers, and parents will remember the meaning of our
flag each time that you pass.
(Present new flag to Dr. Amundson)
LM: Please accept your new flag and fly it high and well, with respect and
(Mrs B. and 4th Grade leads school in The Star Spangled Banner.)
(Honor Guard Retreat)
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Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bear Den Leader Pack 410
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