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Flag Ceremonies

Flag Ceremonies

The display of the American Flag is governed by law to ensure that it will be treated with respect due the flag of a great nation. This is known as the Flag Code. Some of the rules most useful for Girl Scouts are:

1. The American Flag should be placed in the center, and higher, when displayed with a group of state, local or organizational flags from staffs. It may also be positioned to the right of other flags.

2. “When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience and in the position of honor at the clergyman or speakers right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergy man or speaker.”

3. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly with dignity.

4. The flag should never be allowed to touch anything beneath it.

5. Never use the flag as a cover or place anything on top of it.

6. No disrespect of any kinds should be shown to the flag of the United States. It should be kept clean.

7. The flag, when carried in procession with other flags, should be either on the marching right, or , if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

8. When displayed after dark, the flag should be illuminated.

Terms Used in a Flag Ceremony

Color bearer (or flag bearer) is the person who carries the flag. There is one color bearer for each flag used in the ceremony.

The color guard is a team that guards the flag. Any even number of guards may be used, but usually four or six girls are sufficient.

The Girl Scout in Charge (or caller) is a designated Girl Scout who announced or calls each part of the ceremony.

Basic Flag Ceremony

All present should be silent, at attention with hands at sides. Hats are not worm at this time. If seated, all should rise when the US flag is in motion. The Color Guards only duty during the flag ceremony is to guard the flag. Other than saluting the flag after posting, or before retrieving, the Color Guard remains at attention. The Color Guard DOES NOT PARTICPATE in the reciting of the pledge of the Girl Scout promise or singing. Once the Color Guard has been dismissed, they may participate in other activities.

 Basic Indoor Flag Ceremony Commands
 Opening
“Please Stand” 
“Girl Scout Attention”
“Color Guard Attention”
“Color Guard Advance”
“Color Guard, Post the Colors”  (raise flag, or place post in stand)
“Color Guard Honor Your Colors” (color guard salutes flag)
“Would you Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.”
“Color Guard dismissed”
“Please be seated.”

 Closing
“Please Stand” 
“Girl Scout Attention”
“Color Guard Attention”
“Color Guard Advance”
“Would you please join me in the singing of taps.”
“Color Guard Honor Your Colors” (color guard salutes flag)
“Color Guard Retire Your Colors” (remove from stand or pole)
“Color Guard dismissed”
“Please be seated.”
 Basic Outdoor Flag Ceremony Commands
 Opening
“Girl Scout Attention”
“Color Guard Attention”
“Color Guard Advance”
“Color Guard, Post the Colors”  (raise flag, or place post in stand)
“Color Guard Honor Your Colors” (color guard salutes flag)
“Would you Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.”
“Color Guard dismissed”
“Girl Scouts dismissed.”

 Closing
“Girl Scout Attention”
“Color Guard Attention”
“Color Guard Advance”
“Would you please join me in the singing of taps.”
“Color Guard Honor Your Colors” (color guard salutes flag)
“Color Guard Retire Your Colors” (remove from stand or pole)
“Color Guard dismissed”
“Girl Scouts Dismissed.”
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