Etcetera - 09/30/10


There is a prescribed way to show respect for the American flag, according to a flier from the 8th Air Force Historical Society's Colorado Chapter that was dropped off at the U-B by a concerned reader.

Whether you call it the Star-Spangled Banner or Old Glory, when it comes into sight, say at a parade, there is a patriotic way to acknowledge it.

Those in uniform are expected to salute the flag. Everyone else can stand at attention until it passes.

"You do place your hand over your heart when standing to pledge allegiance to the flag, but not at a parade of color guard ceremonial presentations."

A handwritten note on the reprinted item about the flag, "Remember Me?" added that "if a group sings our national anthem, all should just stand, not face the flag."

Folks across the nation have formally celebrated our freedoms under the U.S. Constitution during Constitution Week since President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into public law its observance on Aug. 2, 1956.

If you were downtown on Sept. 17 around 1 p.m. perhaps you saw members of the Narcissa Prentiss Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ringing bells and sharing copies of the Constitution with passersby. It was part of a nationwide celebration that encouraged individuals, churches and businesses to ring bells at the appointed hour.

Commemorating the signing of the document, "the oldest constitution still in active use in the world today, outlines the self-government of a people," a DAR release noted. Its contents protect the individual liberties of all citizens through the written law.

An accompanying quiz notes that the Bill of Rights is the Constitution's first 10 amendments, proposed by Congress on Sept. 25, 1789, and ratified and declared in force on Dec. 15, 1791.

Also, two-thirds of the states must ratify an amendment to the Constitution; and its preamble begins with "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility..."

The volunteer women's service group promotes patriotism, preserving American history and supporting better education opportunities to secure America's future.

DAR has been at it for 100-plus years with 3,000 chapters and more than 168,000 members in the United States and around the world. They offer genealogical records, support to U.S. troops worldwide, historic preservation and Constitution Week activities.

For more details about membership and other details, e-mail or call 509-529-0899.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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