1. What does the folded flag represent in the first cartoon? – What is the reason for the folded flag?
2. From the 2nd cartoon: On Memorial Day, why should the flag be flown at half-staff until noon and then raised to full-staff for the rest of the day?
CHALLENGE: Memorial Day, a day when we actively remember those who who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, should be observed:
How will you commemorate Memorial Day this year?
Find out what is happening in your town by doing the following:
-Do an internet search for “2019 Memorial Day Observances” + name of your city, state
-Call your city hall to ask if the city will hold a Memorial Day ceremony.
-Call your local VFW, AmVets or DAV for information on their Memorial Day ceremonies.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.
1. The folded flag represents a U.S. military veteran who has died. To honor the memory of their service to their country, a U.S. flag drapes the casket of deceased veterans. The field of blue is at the head and over the left shoulder. After Taps is played, the flag is carefully folded into the symbolic tricorner shape. The folded flag is then presented as a keepsake to the next of kin. (from ushistory .org)
2. Flying the flag in this way on Memorial Day is a sign of respect to show our eternal gratitude to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in defense of the United States.