Here are my five picks; what can you add to the list?
- Civics Teacher
- Antique American Flags Appraiser
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There are many wonderful articles in the media about Flag Day and its significance. This is one of my favorites. Reprinted with permission from the Carrol County Times.
“Teaching future generations of our rich heritage and the rights and responsibilities that come with being American also serves as a way to bring people together and create a better understanding of the intricately diverse fabric that makes up our communities.
Today the county commissioners are kicking off their “Celebrating America Initiative.” Doug Howard, president of the board of commissioners, told the Times last week, “I’ve always thought that we could do a better job of teaching our youth about not only history, but civics and government and things that they should know about our community.”
Today the commissioners are celebrating Flag Day at an event at the Farm Museum. As part of that, the Boy Scouts will be having a flag retirement ceremony, which demonstrates the proper way to dispose of worn American flags.
It is amazing the number of people who aren’t familiar with basic flag etiquette. From how the flag is to be flown to proper lighting at night to how a flag should be folded or, when it has reached the end of its useful life, disposed of, many people do not observe the proper protocols. The event provides a good opportunity for people of all ages.
Moving forward, the board says that a task force it established shortly after taking office last fall will be looking at other ways to highlight their patriotic initiative.
Hopefully that will include events celebrating the diversity of cultures that make up our country, or our long history of individual sacrifice for the greater good.
The rights of all individuals have always been a cornerstone of our democracy. Through the years, from the elimination of slavery to women’s rights to the civil rights movement, our country has always strived to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, religion, color or national origin, has the same rights.
We also have shared responsibilities. Our freedoms, in fact, exist only to the point where they infringe upon the rights of others. We also have a shared responsibility to be good stewards of the planet, and to ensure that future generations have the opportunities as we do have to enjoy all the bountiful beauty the earth offers.
Flag Day is a good day to launch the commissioners’ new initiative. But patriotism and honoring our heritage is much more than waving a flag or making a speech. It is, in fact, on display every single day in how we live our lives, how we treat others and how we show, in the things we do, that we respect the freedoms and rights of others just as we would hope that they would respect our freedoms and rights.
Our success as a nation depends on our willingness to recognize and respect the rights of others, to sacrifice for the greater good if the need arises and to work together to build communities. In doing those things, we truly are celebrating the American way of life.”
Reprinted with permission from the Carrol Country Times www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/celebrate-america-on-flag-day