Flag Retirement Ceremony
Flag Ceremony By SPL Steven Duenas 9-11-06 Opening- Will Everyone please rise for the presentation of our nation colors. Say In A Clear Loud Authority Sounding Voice Color Guard- Attention!- Forward March-Color Guard Halt- Present Colors-Color Guard-About Face Forward March- Color Guard Halt-About Face Color Guard Dismissed. Good Evening, My Name is _____________ And I will be your MC For this evening. Lets have a Round of applause for our color guard. We are here tonight to honor something very special to this country. Something that not everyone in the world gets to say is theirs. That special something ladies and gentleman is the flag of the United States Of America. Flag History On June 14, 1777, President George Washington signed an Act of Congress saying “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The flag of the United States was now official. It is believed that Congressman Francis Hopkinson introduced the design to Congress and that Betsy Ross made the first flag in her seamstress shop in Philadelphia. As new states were admitted to the union, a new star and a new stripe was added to the flag. When this got to be a problem, Congress passed another act on April 4, 1818, fixing the number of stripes to thirteen and a star for each state. The new star would be added the Fourth of July following the admission of the new state. That is how we came to know June 14 as Flag Day and now heres the history behind that. In 1885, BJ Cigreno – a school teacher- arranged for his students, in Wisconsin, to celebrate June 14 as “Flag’s Birthday”. He continued to push this birthday of the Flag or “Flag Day”. Four years later, George Balch did the same thing for his students in New York. In 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia celebrated Flag Day for the first time. The governor of New York adopted Flag Day as a state holiday in 1894. In that same year, the first general public Flag Day celebration was held in Chicago with 300,000 children attending. 1914, Franklin K. Lane, then the Secretary of State, delivered Flag Day speech of words that he claimed that were said to him by the flag. “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.” In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. President Harry Truman signed Act of Congress to designated June 14 as National Flag Day. Flag Retirement- And now fellow Americans we have come to the part of the ceremony were Silence is required. During this time please remain quite until the end of the ceremony. Retirement of our National Colors We are here tonight to honor our nation’s flag. The United States Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8 Paragraph k states "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning." As we honor this flag, we are also honoring those who have served and died under it. Wars have split this nation literally into parts. In the beginning, there were the British and the Continental Army of the 1700’s. The Redcoats were back for more in 1812. As the nation grew, heated conflicts rose into the Civil War in the 1860’s. The sinking of the Lustinia brought the American Armed Forces into the First World War. The infamous attack of December 7, 1941 pushed the Armed Forces into another World War. Conflicts in Southeast Asia grew into the Korean Police Action and the Vietnam Conflict. Throughout these conflicts our flag has always prevailed over the “land of free and the home of the brave.” Please rise for the presentation of the colors. Again please hold a reverend silence as we do our duty to our flag, our nation, and our fellow citizens. Scout Attention Color guard Attention Color guard forward march Present colors Scout salute Color Guard Retire our national colors. Ladies and Gentleman thank you for attending this evenings Flag Retirement. I have but one request as you leave. Please take time to reflect on what you have heard tonight, and remember to never take anything for granted because it can be taken away at any moment. ~Thank You Flag Retirement Ceremony MC= Red Additional Speakers =Blue Color Guard Caller=Green
An MC is needed aswell as a few additional speakers for other small speeches
when i made this is was originally 3 pages long so enlarge it if you have to. I alos want to give credit to Matthew Caswell. thanks
Steve Duenas troop 665
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