Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Legionnaires


I was late to the beginning of the rodeo, having just gotten off work, so my vantage point for the end of the opening ceremonies was not good. The national anthem was sung by some local sisters, while a color guard of the American Legion presented the national, legion, and POW/MIA flags. I was able to see them as they exited the rodeo arena in formation, and then stood down. You'll notice the American flag is not allowed to touch the ground, and even at ease these veterans carry it ahead of the others. Since thier founding, after World War I, this organization has promoted the Flag Code, so if you ever have questions about how to display and care for the U.S. flag, they are the ones to ask.


8 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Very moving event or would be for me. I like the idea of explaining about the flag and what one should and should not do when around it and where it goes in halls, etc.

Patty and I will be celebrating 53 years of marriage on July 12th. Think of it as a long-term relationship.

I have invited bloggers to offer suggestions on a gift for me to give Patty and the list would not be complete without your ideas.

Abraham Lincoln
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Olivier said...

il y a plein de r├Ęgles pour bien porter le drapeau US. cela ne semble pas si facile que cela.
there are lots of rules to properly carry the U.S. flag. it does not seem that easy.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" is very appreciative of your having posted the Flag Code - not to mention the photos of the Legionaires!

Hilda said...

You know, I can't help it but I always get teary-eyed when I see old veterans—of whatever nation.

Palm Axis said...

I'm glad you provided the link to the flag code. Who knew you were expected to fly the flag on Mother's Day!
I have two flags. Even though it goes against code, I still fly the old and battered flag. Unlike my new polyester flag, each stripe is individually sewn on and it's made of cotton (yes, it does have the fifty stars). I suspect it was made in the United States, I suspect my polyester flag wasn't.

Dina said...

There's a POW/MIA flag? Really!
Maybe it's time for Israel to have one too, instead of only the grassroots activity to return our kidnapped soldiers.
Thanks for this good post.

Julie said...

There is not a similar emphasis upon the flag here in Australia. It is a cultural thing that I do not quite understand. Australians are proud in many varied ways but few of them are bound up around institutions.

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Knoxville Girl said...

That's a lot of code; I'm glad the Legionnaires are taking care of it.