In school, children are taught the Pledge of Allegiance and why our flag has 13 stripes and 50 stars. But the things that aren’t taught are some of the most important. As a Girl Scout for 10 years, it saddens me to see flags flown after dark or people not placing their hands over their hearts when the color guard passes in a parade. As proper flag etiquette is part of our national history, such things should be taught in school. Even one lesson could make a difference. The flag etiquette I was taught as a part of the Girl Scouts program, such as the American flag should always be the highest in a line of flags or when a flag is being presented one should always stand, have made a lasting impression on my respect of flag ceremonies. All children should have the right to learn respect for their flag as a part of their public education.
Kaitlyn Hebb, Modesto