What better way to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the National Anthem than teaching young boys about the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ohio Flag and the folds of the American Flag? Two Bellbrook Boy Scout leaders assembled eight young Wolf Scouts from Pack 3 came together Sunday, September 14 for a quick lesson.
“We did this once with one of my older packs and thought it would be a great idea to do it with the younger boys,” Wolf Den leader, Mike Steele said.
Cheryl Gregg Fahrenholz kicked off the lesson by playing of game of “what is the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.” This game lead to a lesson is the Ohio State Flag. She told the boys the history and interesting facts about the flag, for example, “It took Ohio almost 100 years to come up with its own flag.”
The boys discussed the difference between the Ohio and American Flags and learned the reasons for the distinct characteristics of each flag.
“The current American flag was designed by Robert Heft, who was living with his grandparents in Lancaster, Ohio,” Gregg Fahrenholz told the boys. “At the age of 17, Heft took the redesign on as a school project, receiving a B-. When told by his teacher that he could improve his grade if he could get the U.S. Congress to accept his design that is just what he did.”
The seven-year-olds, Ajay Edwards, Paul Jefferson, Alex Steele, Ben Froehlich, Ethan Fahrenholz, Tommy Dickman, Zach Smith, and Edison Wozniak took turns raising and lowering the American flag and folding it in proper form. During the folding process, Gregg Fahrenholz quoted the purpose of each fold, which included the following:
Fold One: a symbol of life
Fold Two: a symbol of our belief in eternal life
Fold Three: in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
Fold Four: represents our weaker nature.
Fold Five: a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.
Fold Six: is for where our hearts lie.
Fold Seven: is a tribute to our Armed Forces.
Fold Eight: is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mothers’ Day.
Fold Nine: is a tribute to womanhood.
Fold Ten: is a tribute to the father.
Fold Eleven: in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Fold Twelve: in the eyes of Christian citizens, represents an emblem of emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
By learning the importance and history of the Ohio and American Flags, proper care of the flag and the meaning of the nation’s pledge, the young boys learned about the pride and confidence of being an American.