Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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.