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ROTC visits Union

On Wednesday, November 15 a team of 5th Grade students learned proper “Flag Etiquette” from Lt. Col. Mark Duclos, ROTC Instructor at Forest Hills High School and members of the JROTC. The students chosen for this activity were Emily Pipes, Conner Perkins, Averi Rorie, Mason Kennedy, Kaylee Duke, Vita Chin, Luci Rosas, Russell Huntley, and Brian Basilio.

Lt. Col. Duclos and his students instructed the 5th graders on the conduct and manner of hoisting the American flag, position and manner of display, and respect for the American flag. Students learned that the American flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is being used. They also learned that the American flag should never touch the ground, it is always in the center and at the highest point when in a group of other flags, and when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

While in the gym, the group of 5th grade students worked in teams of four to practice folding and handing off the American flag to one another properly. Students then went out to the flagpole to raise the American flag and the North Carolina flag and secure the ropes so the flags would not fall. Students then worked together to lower each flag, fold, and walk the flags into the building.

A schedule was created for the students to work in teams of two on an assigned day to be responsible for the raising and lowering of the American and North Carolina flags at Union Elementary.



Written by: Danyah Hill, 5th Grade Teacher
Posted: Jan 24, 2012 by Jennifer Williams

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