Day with Kids. Cities all around the U.S. will hold their own celebrations to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their
country. So being the Wonder Time Artists that we are, we wanted to honor those men and women of our country too. So dressed in Colonial Fashion, we held a special Flag Ceremony on the blacktop for
our school of 600. It was President Richar Nixon who declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday in
Here is the basic script for presenting our Colors, our Flags as an opening ceremony.
Have the color guards in the back of the room, ready holding the flags. The US Flag is
on the right, then State flag; the color guard is facing towards the front of the room - or, US Flag in front, followed by State.
Leader: "Color Guard, Attention!"
Leader: "Audience, Please Rise!"
Leader: "Color Guard, Forward March!"
Wait for color guard to reach the front.
Leader: "Color Guard, Halt!"
Leader: "Color Guard, Cross the Colors!"
State flag stops. US Flag crosses in front of another flag to left-most flag stand (as viewed from the audience), then State flag advances. Wait for flag bearers to move to the flag pole
Leader: "Please recite the Pledge of Allegiance!"
This is where the ceremony can be customized by the leader in charge. Choose what to recite like a poem or sing a song such as 'America the Beautiful'...
Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the United States of America! "
Leader: "Color Guard, Post the Flag of the Great State of [your state name]! "
Leader: "Color Guard, Honor your Colors!"
Flag bearers salute the US flag.
Leader: "Color Guard, return to ranks!"
Wait for flag bearers return to formation.
Leader: "Audience, Please be seated!"
(Script borrowed from Basic Flag Opening Ceremony - Boy Scout Trail)
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