Today, the Boys State Citizens were treated to a seminar on the American Flag. The session taught the proper way to treat and dispose of the American flag. The Citizens were also allowed to see a very moving ceremony in which grave markers from different time periods and different wars.
The lesson mainly taught about the Flag Code, which is a set of rules that dictates how the flag is to be treated. The flag code has many regulations which, when followed, ensures that the flag is displayed properly and treated with the upmost respect. One of the most important rules is that the flag should always be the highest flag on a flag pole, so it is the first flag raised and the last flag lowered. Another is that it should always be on the right of any other flags it is displayed with.
The ceremony that followed the lesson is one in which grave markers from many different wars had flags placed within them. Several people that were veterans or had family serving in the military were given the honor of placing one of the flags within the markers.
This class was one that was both informative and moving, and hopefully inspired pride in the Citizens for both the flag, as well as the many who have fallen for it.