University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension
4-H Ceremonies

Flag Raising

Four persons stand at attention with one holding the folded flag. As the flag is unfolded, the following is given by two members:

First Speaker

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not this flag only, but the nation itself; and sees the government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the nation that set it forth.

As the flag is raised ......

Second Speaker

Sky-blue and true-blue, with start to gleam aright - the gloried guide of the day; a shelter through the night. The one flag - the great flag -- the flag for me and you - Glorified all else beside - the red and white and blue! Homeland and far-land and half the world around, Old Glory hears our hearts salute and ripples to the sound!

The four holding and raising the flag then lead the entire group in the Pledge to the American Flag.

A patriotic song such as "America," "God Bless America," or "America the Beautiful" might be sung during the ceremony.

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