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February 5, 2010

Learn Your Mid-Century Lesson – Flag Etiquette From The Boy Scouts

You’ve always wanted to know about Flag Etiquette.  Admit it.  You are standing in front of the bank trying to cash a check or in front of the courthouse waiting to pay a parking ticket, and the whipping flag above you catches your eye. You think, “I wonder why the flag in the center is higher than the others?” or ” How come it is only halfway up the pole?”  But then you have to rush to get in line or write a check to the parking people, both of which always make you angry, and then you forget about the flag entirely.

Well, wonder no more!  Thanks to this great 1965 Boy Scout Handbook, all our flag questions will be answered. And you will learn things about flags that you never even knew you needed to know. Or something.

But first, don’t you love the illustrations on the cover of this book? When I stumbled upon this at our local Salvation Army I was pretty excited.  I could make so many awesome things with this baby.

Anyway, back to the flags.

It’s all about the respect, people.

Did you know you are supposed to hoist the flag after sunrise and lower it down before sunset?? 

NEVER dip the flag in salute to a person or thing…

The flag is never drapery, nothing is ever placed on the flag and it should never touch the ground, the floor, or water under it…

Wow, lots of info, huh?  That must have been some test for a little Boy Scout. 

There, now you learned what a good Boy Scout should know about the flag.  This is the Mid-Century Lesson, people. Learn it!!

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3 Responses to Learn Your Mid-Century Lesson – Flag Etiquette From The Boy Scouts

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    February 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    OMG! That is too funny I picked up this EXACT same book at an Estate Sale a few months ago. You are right, lots of info in this book!

  2. sablemable Reply

    February 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I remember learning about flag etiquette in grade school, but the refresher course was great, Ruth! Thanks!

    Just a note, today at the grocery store I met a man who is a Vietnam Vet (he was wearing a cap that said so, complete with miniature medals that he had been awarded). Poor soul’s entire health problems are a result of serving our country. He was grateful that I took the time out to speak with him and thank him for his service. Most vets don’t mind having someone talk to them, so the next time you see someone out wearing veteran’s attire, go up and thank them!
    God bless our nation and our military! Amen!

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    February 6, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    You are the best Sable!

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