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            2015 Celebrating with Our Veterans

            Contributed by WITC Rice Lake

            Celebrating with Our Veterans

            The Rice Lake Chapter of Business Professionals of America celebrated Veteran’s Day with our local veterans on November 11<sup>th</sup>, 2014 by demonstrating flag folding, flag display, and informing the students and staff of WITC Rice Lake of the proper procedures for retiring a flag of the United States of America.  Our local chapter member and veteran, Larry French paved the way for the celebration.

            Pictured: WITC Rice Lake Students demonstrate the proper flag folding techniques Left to Right pictured are Ken  Rady, Larry French, and Katie Orf of WITC Rice Lake’s Business Professionals of America Chapter.

            Flag folding is a science to the respect of getting the flag to “come out right”, when finished folding the flag we chose to have a triangular shape with 6 stars showing; 2 on the top row and 4 on the bottom row.  There are numerous versions of the finished product depending on the size of your flag and what is desired, we used a fairly large flag that was flown outside of our campus for our demonstration.  When the folding begins, you always have the “open” end up and fold it lengthwise in half and then in half again.  Once you have the “quarter strip” you can start folding on the stripe end in a triangular shape, much the way we used to make the paper footballs in grade school.  We went on to demonstrate this process several times during then celebration and inviting anyone from the audience to try it for themselves. 

            In additions to folding we also handed out flyers and demonstrated the proper way to display an American flag on a wall or off a balcony or attached to a flag pole.  There was some interesting discussion as well when the following were talked about:

            1. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
            2. When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
            3. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium on or off a podium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker (to the right of the audience). Please note that the old guidelines differed from this updated and simplified one.

            The finally of the presentation was to allow our veteran’s on hand to inform the audience on the proper disposal of the American flag.  An interesting point made was, if you are not sure on how to dispose of your flag please take it to your local VFW Post or a Boy Scout Troop and they will gladly dispose of the flag properly or in some instances assist you with the task. 

            Source: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html

            3 members x 2 hours = 6 hours

            Total Hours = 6 hours

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