ILES Flag Etiquette

ILES Flag Etiquette
Posted on 11/09/2017
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Bev Martz reads a book to students. Mrs. Gillen's Class poses with hands on hearts after learning about the American flag. Bev Martz holds an umbrella over the American flag to remind students not to keep the flag outside in a rainstorm.
Indian Lake Elementary students are learning how to take care of “Old Glory.”

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary in Huntsville spoke to several grade levels about the meaning of the stars and stripes that make up the American flag and flag etiquette. 

Auxiliary member Bev Martz read a book to students called, “Meet Our Flag, Old Glory” by April Jones Prince and demonstrated ways we can honor our flag including: never letting the flag touch the ground, raising it quickly and without stopping to the top of a flag pole, lighting the flag with a spotlight if you leave it flying in the dark and taking the flag down in a rainstorm if it is not made of weatherproof material. 

Martz says it’s important that our young people understand these rules, “It’s part of forming the kids to be good citizens. If we don’t teach them, how will they know to carry on these rules of etiquette for this symbol of American freedom and patriotism?”

Auxiliary members also showed students how to properly fold the American flag with only stars showing and talked about the procedure to burn and properly dispose of a battered flag.