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Lions bring flag lesson to Putnam elementary schools

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 09:30 PM

SCOTT DEPOT — Scott/Teays Lions Club members Bill Hensley and Harold Walker visited four Teays Valley area schools on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to present a program about the American flag.

In all, 279 fifth-grade students at East Brook, Mountain View, Scott Teays and West Teays elementary schools learned about the early history of the flag, as well as proper flag etiquette and handling.

Among the information shared by Hensley and Walker:

n The Betsy Ross flag with the 13 stars in a circle was not the design of the first flag as often thought. The first flag is thought to have been designed by a New Jersey congressman, Mr. Hopkinson, and authorized on June 14, 1777. The stars were laid out in parallel rows.

n The flag flying over Fort McHenry, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to the Star Spangled Banner, during the war of 1812 was the only flag to have 15 stripes.

n The students were told how to treat the flag with proper respect — that the flag should always be on the speaker’s right. That a person should always stand at attention with hat removed and right hand over the heart when the National Anthem is playing, when the flag is raised or lowered and when the flag passes by in a parade; that no flag should fly higher than the American flag; that a flag flying at night should be lighted.

The Lions also introduced their essay contest “What the American Flag Means to Me.” The essay winners from each school will be honored at an awards dinner on May 7, sponsored by the Scott/Teays Lions club.