Flag ceremony update, 2


In comments to the first post on flag folding, Chris noted that the American Legion’s website has the ceremony I fisked, verbatim. So I wrote to the American Legion and suggested they explain that the ceremony isn’t official, and perhaps fix some of the errors in it.

I have heard back. They’re sticking by it, even to the wrong words of the hero of the War of 1812, Stephen Decatur. The misquote of Decatur is really no big deal, but the real quote suggests Decatur will stand up for his nation, “. . . our country, right or wrong!”; the erroneous version suggests a ‘well, whatever’ attitude towards defending the nation, “. . . it is still our country.”

I looked: There is nothing at the American Legion site about Millard Fillmore and the White House bathtubs.

I also found the newer Air Force ceremony, posted at USHistory.org, at the “Betsy Ross” site.

Update February 26, 2007:  Go here for another list of the new Air Force ceremony.

Image of folded flag from CNN

6 Responses to Flag ceremony update, 2

  1. J.SAUD says:

    iS THE FLAG A SACRED ITEM? wAS THE LAND INTENDED TO BEAR THE HARDSHIPS IT SUFFERED BY THE FLAG MASS ALONE? iS IT RIGHT FOR THOSE PEOPLE SPEAKNG OF ‘MY PEOPLE’ -IMMIGRANTS – TO RUN THE PRESIDENT HOUSE ELECT? I FEEL HURT IN KNOWING THAT SEPTEMBER 11, NOW LEADS TO AN OFFICIAL CLOSE OF THE AMERICAN MANS’ RULE. AND WHERE WERE YOU WHEN AMERICA ASKED ITS FORFATHERS FOR ..

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  2. I have written an update to the script and request readers to review and either give its blessing or recommend any changes.

    The specific flag folds I have rewritten are 11 and 12.

    The 11th fold represents the faith of our founding fathers and glorifies the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Christ.

    The 12th fold represents an emblem of religious freedom, diversity of faith and traditions and glorifies, in the eyes of survivors, the supreme sacrifice as made by their loved ones.

    The last revision concerns the the wording when the flag is completely the folded. The present version recognizes only soldiers and the Navy. My revised copy includes the United States Air Force. It reads as follows:

    Then, the flag is completely folded,  tucked in, and takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, and those who soared the skies under Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell, who were later followed by their comrades, shipmates and airmen in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them and our nation the rights, privileges and freedoms we all enjoy today. 

    Your input is welcomed!
    Richard C. Streeter III
    streeterimagery@mac.com

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  3. Chris says:

    Since they do not want to put in a disclaimer somwhere indicating that the ceremony they are promoting is not official in any way, maybe it would be good to suggest that they offer up other flag ceremonies. Like the new one you linked to from the Air Force. Or, this one from the National Flag Foundation:
    http://www.annin.com/flag_folding_ceremony.asp

    I do get concerned, however, when government angencies proclaim the ceremony to be official. For example, the US Customs and Border Protection:
    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/border_patrol_sectors/sandiego_sector_ca/general_information/sandiego_flag.xml
    or the US Embassy in Stockholm:
    http://stockholm.usembassy.gov/usflag/flag_ceremony.html

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