While we as Americans economically are living currently in a capitalistic economy (Noun meaning an economic system based on private ownership of capital; venture capitalism - capitalism that invests in innovative enterprises (especially high technology) where the potential profits are large), our symbolic emblems that represents us are uniting factors that always help us to circumvent to avoid peril in all events, circumstances and even practice exercises.
Our flag clearly speaks for who we are and what we believe at the core of our being (although sometimes sabotaged by ‘friend-enemies’ to use as their defense), blue is for loyalty and truth in the full spectrum of the things we say, do and pay attention as it affects our interest at home and abroad; red is for the burning desire for peace expressed by and through the blood we have shed and are willing and well abled in our bodies and mental capacities to protect and defend all that we have been ordained to do as sisters and brothers in the earth; white confirms our lack of animosity and our determination to exemplify by our actions all that is right within and without.
The 5th GRADE FLAG LEADERSHIP INIATIVE at Samuel Gaines Academy in the St. Lucie School District was started based on the administration’s vision to create a system in which a daily ceremony occurs of raising and lowering the American and Florida state flag daily. Fifth grade was the chosen grade for this initiative to build leadership capacity with older elementary age students. Students are taught the proper procedures for folding and caring for the flags.
Samuel Gaines Academy is very thankful to have their very own veteran Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, teacher at SGA, instructing 5th grade student leaders important facts about our American flag. Fifth grade teachers chose the 5th graders based on development levels of their positive character and willingness to be a model student leader in the classroom. (Photo on left: Students at Samuel Gaines Academy correctly folding with care the (symbolic of its people) American Flag)
The United States of America:
The United States of America (USA) commonly referred to as the United States (US), America or simply the States, is a federal republic consisting of 50 states and a federal district. The 48 contiguous states and the federal district of Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also has five populated and nine unpopulated territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean. At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) in total and with around 317 million people, the United States is the fourth-largest country by total area and third largest by population.
The United States is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate of the United States is also extremely diverse, and it is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
Just as all four seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall can be experienced throughout the country, all ethnic cultures of people and backgrounds can be found and observed in varying locations throughout the United States located in the western hemisphere of earth; known as a crusader by most nations, portrayed as a bully ignorantly by those who engage in military warfare as if games for pure vanity and mere humiliation of others within their sphere; so … who is the bully now?
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) April 2014
- See list information below on past events displaying of the U.S. Flag.
January 18, 2011
While it may appear to be petty to some, for others, still waters run deep and respect must be given to each nation as to individuals even during times of indecision and apparent turmoil, even in the displaying of flags.
China's flag flanked by the U.S. flag in Washington, DC, for Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit. Contrary to the online uproar, this is not a violation of the Flag Code. Section 7g reads, "When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace."
January 2010 and 2009
January 1, 2010: The Allstate Sugar Bowl opening ceremony featured Lady Antebellum. Behind them the oversized American flag fell to the ground in front of a national audience. Two Flag Code violations were committed by this ceremony: (Section 8b.) "The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground." (Section 8c.) "The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free."
January 19, 2009, Baltimore, MD: Flags overprinted with the new President's image and name is distributed to celebrate his inauguration. Section 8g of the Flag Code reads, "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."
2007 and 2006
October 2, 2007 Reno, Nevada: The flagpole at a local bar displayed the Mexican flag above the US flag on the same flagpole. Section 7g reads, "When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace."
September 11, 2006: President Bush and first lady Laura Bush stood on a carpet of the American flag at Ground Zero in Manhattan, the site of the September 11, 2001 attack. Section 8b of the Flag Code reads, “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground..."