IYAAYAS Moderator's Blog (April 28, 2009)
"Being a Cub Scout Leader, we take pride when we teach about respecting our United States flag.
"I have been a Cub Scout leader for many years. I'm able to bring in a little military experience when I teach about our flags history. Our children should learn that our flag is worth defending and deserves dignity when her service is complete.
"Below is a 'typical' flag retirement ceremony.
"When the United States flag (Old Glory) becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag should be "retired" with all the dignity and respect befitting our nation's flag...."
What follows is a description of a ceremony which shows respect for America's flag, and teaches something about this country in the process. That includes assigning a meaning to each stripe - and more.
I definitely do not recommend this post to anyone who doesn't like America, Americans, or anyone who likes to be considered 'sophisticated' in America's more elite circles.
Let's face it: a disdain for America and an attitude of moral equivalence has been an intellectual fashion in America for a few decades, now. I don't mind being counter-cultural, myself: the value of deciding for oneself whether or not to accept the dominant culture's standards is something I learned back in the sixties. And, as I've explained before: the Lemming is "apathetic:" I don't care about the right things, in the right way.
For people who don't become distressed when faced with showing respect for a nation's flag, I think this will be an interesting post.
Acknowledgment - I found this post in a (very short) BlogCatalog discussion thread:
- "Proper U.S. Flag Retirement"
BlogCatalog discussion thread (started April 29, 2009)