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Flag Ceremony

Basic instructions of a flag ceremony

There are 3 groups of people in a flag ceremony, the Flag Bearer, the Color Guard, and the Color Guard Commander. The Color Guard Commander serves as the announcer and the voice of the group. The minimum number of Scouts needed for a Flag Ceremony is three (3) – one Color Guard Commander and two flag bearers, one caring the US flag and one caring the Utah flag.

FLAG BEARER: The person who carries the flag – one flag per person. Hold the staff at a slight angle in front of the body or hold the folded flag in front of the body at waist level. The Flag Bearer stands silent and at attention throughout the ceremony and does not repeat the Pledge of Allegiance nor sings the National Anthem.

COLOR GUARD: They guard the honor of the flag and watch to see that the flag does not touch the ground. They stand behind the flag bearer, or to each side if in a line of more than one flag. Two per flag is traditional, but any number may be used. They stand silent and at attention throughout the ceremony and do not repeat the Pledge of Allegiance nor sing the National Anthem.

COLOR GUARD COMMANDER: The designated Scout who “calls out” the parts of the ceremony. Stands in front and to one side of audience.

Raising and Lowering the Flag on a Flag Pole – Raise the flag briskly, lower it slowly. When flying the flag at half mast, raise it to the top of the pole, then lower it to half mast. When taking the flag down from half mast, first raise it back to the top of the pole, then lower it slowly. On Memorial Day, fly the flag at half-mast until noon then raise it to full staff for the rest of the day.

Carrying the Flag – Always carry the flag aloft and flying free. When the flag is carried alone, there should be an honor guard to the left of it, or one on each side of it. When carried with other flags, the U.S. Flag should be in front of the others, or the right if the flags are in a line. Never dip the flag of the United States for any person or thing.


Commands for an Opening Flag Ceremony

“Color Guard, Attention. Will the audience please rise?”

Flag held straight toward the ceiling. Guards stand to the right and left of flag bearer and ½ step back.

“Color Guard, report. Scouts Salute.”

Color guard marches, American flag first, to the front of the audience. Color Guard turns and faces the audience, American flag on the caller’s right and held higher than the other flags.

“Color Guard, present the colors.”

Tip the top of the Utah flag staff slightly toward the audience.

“Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts and families, your American flag. Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Color guard face the American flag and do not repeat the pledge nor salute.

“Color Guard, post the colors.”

Place flags into stands. The American flag is posted last.

“Two”

Audience places their hands by their sides.

“Color Guard Dismissed.”

Color Guard turns and leaves in the same order they entered.

“The audience may be seated. Thank you!”

 


Commands for Closing Flag Ceremony

 “Color Guard attention.”

Scouts stand in front by their flags.

“Will the audience please rise and salute the flag.”

 “Color Guard retrieve the colors.”

Color guard march with flags to the back of the room.

 “Two”

Audience places their hands by their sides.

“Color Guard dismissed.”

Color Guard members leave flags in back and go sit down until the prayer.

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