1Fly, Lower, And, Gather Mission Statement: The F.L.A.G. Program was created to instill pride and respect among students towards the United States and State Flag. Students will be held accountable for the proper Flying, Lowering, And Gathering of the United States and State Flag during the school year. Students who participate in this program will be recognized with a Citizenship Award presented by the sponsors of the F.L.A.G. Program. This will be the model for all school districts to duplicate and emulate.
2How the F.L.A.G. Evolved: Fly, Lower, And, Gather Every Fall across America a new school year begins. In many of these schools a tradition that began in the late 1800’s of paying homage to the American flag continues. On October 21, 1892, children in schools across the nation participated in an event to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s landing in North America. Among the patriotic activities of the day the ritual of citing the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag began. Though today we often still see this tradition, steeped in rich, prideful history, we also have come to find that the significance and history of our flag has lost its luster in many facets. The power of one is a term we’ve all heard, but few truly believe one person can make a difference. The birth of the F.L.A.G. Program is such a case. In the Fall of 2010, Jim Rodriguez was doing what most parents were doing, taking his daughter to school. Day after day as Jim dropped her off he could not help but notice the American flag, being raised in a manner not befitting of this national treasure.Fly, Lower, And, Gather
3F.L.A.G. Program Organization A Teacher Representative will assist in planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and controlling this program.The Board of Directors will communicate, educate, motivate, and evaluate the program’s objectives to students.Students will be challenged to recruit volunteers that will participate in the F.L.A.G. Program.Volunteers will be taught the proper procedures of the F.L.A.G. Program and be scheduled to perform this duty throughout the school year.Fly, Lower, And Gather
4The school employee assigned to the task was doing his duties to the best of his knowledge and ability. But as a retired veteran of the United States Air Force Jim couldn’t help but shudder seeing the flag rolled up, carried casually under one’s arm, before securing it to the flag pole to be raised for the day. No one noticed, no one paused to pay their respect, it had become just a routine of the day. Jim took action. He called the principal of the school and proposed an idea to engage the students in restoring the tradition, teaching them the history, the etiquette and proper protocol surrounding the American flag. He enlisted the services of SSgt. Jose Rivera, a United States Army Recruiter and together they launched the first class of the F.L.A.G. Program. The support they received from Waxahachie ISD, their student council, and administrative staff helped to bring this dream to reality. We feel it is significant to remember the history of our American flag, to instill patriotism and pride back into our schools and never forget those who fight for our freedom, and this nation. Together, we pledge allegiance to this grand flag, for which it stands.Fly, Lower, And, Gather
5Proper Display of the Flag The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. If the flag is displayed at night it should be illuminated. Never allow the flag to touch the ground or the floor. When displayed on a wall or window the blue field should be in the upper left corner. The flag should be raised quickly and lowered ceremoniously. The flag is often flown at half-staff to show respect for someone who has died. When flown at half-staff, the flag should be raised to the top for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should also be raised to the top before it is lowered at the end of the day.
8STEP 1To properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.
9STEP 2Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.
10Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside. STEP 3Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.
11STEP 4Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.
12STEP 5Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.
13STEP 6The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.
14STEP 7When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.
15Question and Answer Style to be implemented CurriculumQuestion and Answer Style to be implementedas ‘bell-ringers.’
16To represent the Minute Man’s Hat worn by George Washington’s Troops What is Vexillology?The study of flagsWhy does a properly folded US flag resemble a triangle?To represent the Minute Man’s Hat worn by George Washington’s Troops
17What does the 3rd fold of the US flag represent? What color should never be seen when the US flag is properly folded?RedWhat does the 3rd fold of the US flag represent?The Veteran who has served his/her country
18Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance and in what year? How many rows of stars are on the US flag?9Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance and in what year?Francis Bellamy, 1892
19On the following 4th of July What significance does the year 1818 have on the US flag?Congress enacted the law to keep the original 13 stripes and add stars for every stateWhen a state is admitted into the Union, when is the star added to the flag?On the following 4th of July
20Which U.S. President enacted Congress to create Flag Day? Harry TrumanWhat year was Flag Day created and what month and day is it celebrated?1949….June 14th
21It is widely believed that made the first American flag. In what year did Congress pass the Flag Act, which established an official flag for our nation?1777It is widely believed that made the first American flag.Betsy Ross
22In what year was the first American flag made? 1776When a flag is so worn that it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, what should be done?After cutting out the field (separate the stars and stripes), the flag should be burned in a dignified manner with the field (stars) on top.
23Public Law 94-344 and Public Law 829 What publication states the correct use and display of the US flag?Public Law and Public Law 829What is the height of an official flagpole?50 feet
24Where is the only place a US flag can be displayed at half mast? A ship at sea(half-staff is the correct term for elsewhere)What is the ornament (ball) on top of an official flagpole called?A truck
25What is legend behind the contents of the ornament on top of the flagpole? Legend says that the truck contains a bullet, a razor blade, and a match. If in battle, and the military post is being overrun, the last person is to use the bullet to fire one last time at the enemy, use the razor blade to cut the field out (separate the stars and stripes), and use the match to burn the flag with the field (stars) on top. We would rather burn our flag rather than surrender it to the enemy.
26What is the proper salute to the US flag by a civilian? Hand over the heart
27How is the US flag draped over a coffin? With the union, or stars, draped over the heartWhere in America is the U.S. flag flown with no place of honor?The United Nations building
28When is it appropriate to fly the flag at half-staff? What do the stars on the American flag represent?Each star represents a stateWhen is it appropriate to fly the flag at half-staff?Upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and other officials according to presidential orders, as a mark of respect to their memory
29What year was the U.S. flag first depicted on the postage stamp? How many folds are there in a properly folded U.S. flag?12What year was the U.S. flag first depicted on the postage stamp?1869
30What is the term for lowering the flag (ceremoniously)? What term is used for raising the flag (briskly)?RevellieWhat is the term for lowering the flag (ceremoniously)?Retreat
31Ground, it should be received by waiting hands and arms The American flag should NEVER touch theGround, it should be received by waiting hands and arms
32How many stripes are on the American flag and what do they represent? 13The original 13 colonies:DelawarePennsylvaniaNew JerseyGeorgiaConnecticutMassachusettsMarylandSouth Carolina New Hampshire VirginiaNew YorkNorth CarolinaRhode Island
33What is the official ‘nickname’ for the American Flag? Old GloryWhat inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem?During and after the Battle of Fort McHenry, during the war of 1812, on Sept. 14, 1814, the rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in air revealed that our flag was still flying!
34What does the color red represent on the U.S. Flag? Hardiness and ValorWhat does the color white represent on the U.S. Flag?Purity and InnocenceWhat does the color blue represent on the U.S. Flag?Vigilance
35What year did Congress officially recognize the Pledge of Allegiance? When flying a group of flags, the U.S. flag should be the ______________ and the _______________ .first to be raisedlast to be loweredWhat year did Congress officially recognize the Pledge of Allegiance?1942What year were the words “under God” added to the Pledge of Allegiance?1954
36When and where did the flag first fly with 50 stars? When displayed at night, care should be taken to properly _________ the flag.illuminateWhen and where did the flag first fly with 50 stars?1960 over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, where Francis Scott Key wrote“The Star Spangled Banner”.
37Where is a brand new flag flown each day? At the White House a new flag is flown each day. The office of the President of the United States gifts these certified flags to deserving organizations or individuals.
38On what holiday is the American flag supposed to fly at half-staff until noon? Memorial DayWhat European nation was the first to officially salute the new U.S. flag? What year?France, 1777
39When was “Stars and Stripes Forever” written and by whom? When did the US Army begin flying the American flag?In Up until that time the U.S. Navy was the only branch of the military to do so because the nationality of ships at sea was needed.When was “Stars and Stripes Forever” written and by whom?1897, John Phillip Sousa
40Who made the flag that flew over Fort McHenry, that would later inspire Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner?Seamstress Mary Pickersgill. The flag weighed more than 200 pounds and was 42 feet by 30 feet. It required more than 400 yards of cloth to complete.
41Why does a military rifle salute at a funeral equal 21 shots? The digits in the number 1776(the year the first American Flag was made)add up to 21
42Under what circumstance is it acceptable to fly the flag upside down? As a sign of distress
43center and highest point of the group When a flag is being flown at half staff, it should first be _______________ when hoisted. This should be done again before the flag is lowered for the day.raised to its peakWhen displayed with other non-national flags, The flag of the United States of America should be displayed at the ________________________________.center and highest point of the group
44Please direct all inquiries to: Awards CeremonyEach participating school will conduct an awards ceremony at the end of the year.Students will receive a Citizenship Award.Please direct all inquiries to:Jim RodriguezFly, Lower, And, Gather
45Find us on Facebook! 2012-2013 Participating Schools Waxahachie High SchoolsWaxahachie Ninth Grade AcademySouth Oak Cliff High School, Dallas, TXJohn Paul II Catholic High School, New Braunfels, TXLeadership Cadet Corps(LCC) Middle Schools, Dallas, ISDPearl C. Anderson Middle SchoolT.W. Browne Middle SchoolE.B. Comstock Middle SchoolT.A. Edison Middle SchoolHarold W. Lang Middle SchoolJ.L. Long Middle SchoolBenjamin Franklin Middle SchoolW.E. Greiner Middle SchoolRobert T. Hill Middle SchoolJohn B. Hood Middle SchoolRaul Quintanilla, Sr. Middle SchoolO.W. Holmes Middle SchoolFrancisco Medrano Middle SchoolThomas C. Marsh Middle SchoolBoude Storey Middle SchoolL.V. Stockard Middle SchoolSeagoville Middle SchoolAlex Spence Middle SchoolSam Tasby Middle SchoolE.D. Walker Middle SchoolMiddle Schools:Hillsboro Junior High School, Hillsboro, TXHarry S. Truman Middle School, Grand Prairie, TXT.J. Rusk Middle SchoolWaxahachie ISDElementary Schools:Frank D. Moates Elementary School, Glenn Heights, TXRuby Young Elementary, DeSoto, TXG.W. Carver Elementary School, Garland, TXNorthside Elementary School, Waxahachie, TXMargaret L. Felty Elementary School, Waxahachie, TXNaomi Press Elementary School, McKinney, TXLitchfield Elementary School, AZFind us on Facebook!
46F.L.A.G. Program 2013 - 2014 Board of Directors: President & Founder President & FounderJim Rodriguez, MSgt, USAF, Ret.Vice PresidentJose Rivera, Veteran, US ArmySecretaryJennifer Ivey, BB&TTreasurerJerry Frazier, CPADirector of Training/Dallas ISDDave Bates, T.C. Marsh Middle SchoolAssistant Director for Waxahachie SchoolsDeborah Bell, Dallas County Deputy Sheriff
47F.L.A.G. Program 2013 - 2014 Board of Directors: Director/ Middle SchoolsJennifer Ivey, BB&TDirector/High SchoolsOrlando Montan, Towne ParkDirector of Waxahachie Schools/Flag DonationsStuart Stephenson, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance SocietyDirector of Arizona SchoolsGiovanna Guzman, Litchfield Elementary School, AZDirector of DeSoto SchoolsCristy Palmer, Moates Elementary SchoolDirector of New Braunfels SchoolsBianca Pitman, Director of Fine ArtsJohn Paul II Catholic School, New Braunfels, TX
48F.L.A.G. Program Community Partners 2013-2014 Moreno Printing Dallas Company, US Army RecruitingTexas Air National Guard, Dallas, TXEllis County Young MarinesWoodmen of the World, Chapter 0046South Oak Cliff High School, AOITAmerican Legion, Post 81Air Force Sergeants Association, Chapter 1073Manny’s Mexican Restaurant, Avondale, AZ.
49The Pledge of Allegiance I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.Written by Francis Bellamy, 1892Columbus Day