A group of Navy veterans teach students about the American flag as they travel around Pennsylvania holding special presentations.
If you now ask any sixth-grader at Charleroi Area Middle School a trivia question pertaining to the American flag, they are sure to know the answer. That is because a Navy veteran’s group, called the Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates, recently put on a full day presentation that taught the sixth graders all about Old Glory.
During the program the veterans covered a range a flag rules and proper conduct. They went over with the students what is respectful and what is disrespectful. The Shipmates also showed their audience how to properly raise and lower Old Glory.
The presentation included a demonstration from the US Navy veterans on how to properly fold the flag into the iconic triangle. Here is a set-by-step flag folding guide you can try out! They also explained to the students what each individual fold represents.
In addition, the veterans also told the students the story of the Star-Spangled Banner and how the song was written. After, they all joined in unison to sing the National Anthem. (Read this blog post if you’re interested in the story)
One Navy veteran, Marshall Lignani said, “I think it’s extremely important for us to do these kinds of presentations. We’ve been doing this since 2008 and there’s been a noticeable difference in the number of gatherings we’ve had.
The Shipmates put on 33 flag programs last year throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. George Essey, a Shipmate reflected back on presentations: “The students are very respectful and they learn something each time. We usually aim to do fifth grade, but some schools have us inform sixth grades.” Overall, the programs have received amazing feedback and praise from school staff, students, and parents.
Have you ever been part of a program that taught flag etiquette and history to a group of students or another audience? What else would you teach participants?