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Unveiling a Statue? Involve the Flag.


Big Ben Open House – For the Love of a Horse Day—Sunday May 22nd 2005—Perth, Ontario

Gathering at the town square is a time honored tradition, though not much in practice these days. In years past, the weekly gatherings were a form of socialization and entertainment, with a few Saturdays set aside for the unveiling of a statue or monument dedicated to a local person of prominence. This was a big deal, especially in a small town.

Imagine … the Mayor approaches the lectern that is surrounded by American flags, patriotic music fills the air, and dignitaries line the podium, ready with their inspirational speeches. What a glorious spectacle this brings to mind, of family and friends, gathering to watch.

Now on the evening news, we get a quick head shot of someone pulling the cord to uncover the statue. It’s not as dramatic as in person, losing something in the translation to the small screen. The social aspect is missing too, with families unable to make the time to gather together as their busy schedules keep everyone running in different directions.

The Unveiling

Section 7(l) The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.

If you are ever called upon to present a new monument, the U.S. Flag Code gives a brief, but ample recommendation for this event in Section 7. The U.S. flag should be a huge part of the ceremony, but never used as the covering. That is better done with a classy black or red drape to add drama and distinction to the unveiling.

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