While the vast majority of American students recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school, that is as far as their understanding and appreciation for the American Flag goes. Preparing for a flag ceremony educates children and the actual ceremony itself connects what they have learned to their own life. When planning a ceremony, don’t feel you have to stick to just your Troop and their families. Invite veterans as well as current military members to join you. Ask your local city Council if they would like you to hold one at a meeting. If their school has an assembly, offer the services of the girls who attend. Once the girls become familiar with the process it can be a take action project to collect and properly dispose of worn out flags.
Girls love to put songs into just about any ceremony.
COLORING PAGES are a good introduction of the subject for younger girls.
The VFW has an educational website.
The Betsy Ross house is interesting.
For even more details visit this site dedicated to the US Flag.
The ceremony outlines above are just a place to get started. After you have the basic idea down, ask the girls what they would like to do and go for it.
MAKERS OF THE FLAG by Franklin Klane
I am what you make me, nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself. My stars and my stripes are your dreams and your labors. they are bright with cheer, brilliant with courage, firm with faith, because you have made them so out of your hearts. For you are the makers of the flag and its well that you glory in the making.