Presentation of the flag should be preceded by a brief talk emphasizing the importance of the occasion. The following is suggested:
"May the Flag that is being presented to you always be displayed proudly."
"Guard and respect this Flag at all times, for it is the symbol of every high ideal in the American way of life."
"The red in our nation's Flag is made more brilliant by the heroism and sacrifices of our brave defenders; the white more stainlessly pure because of the motives which impelled them; and the blue in the starry field of our banner is made more beautiful by the loyalty and unity of all our peoples - for liberty and justice."
Following the presentation all present should salute the Flag, recite the pledge of allegiance and sing the national anthem.
© VFW 1998 . Created by Lynn - Last Updated 29 Dec 2001