Little Kid Carries Big American Flag
May 29, 2017 1:58pm CST
My siblings and I always marched in Memorial Day parades. My brother marched due to belonging to Cub Scouts, and then he marched in our town's Memorial Day parades as a Boy Scout. My sister and I marched in Memorial Day parades due to being members of the Brownies, then marched again as Girl Scouts. One year, I was given the honor to carry the American flag in the Memorial Day parade. I was to be front and center while carrying that flag. To carry the flag, I had to wear a leather parade belt that had a cup attached to support the flag pole. Why they chose such a petite 9-year-old to walk 7 blocks carrying that heavy, full-size flag is beyond me. The American flag was heavy as could be for me, but I was bound and determined to carry that American flag to the end of the parade. That flag was really a struggle for me since I barely had the strength to keep the flag upright, but I did the flag-carrying without incident due to a bit of help from my WWII naval-aviator dad. My dad followed along on the sidewalk and kept an eye on me. If he saw I was struggling, he would walk over and straighten me up a bit and adjust the pole to make sure I continued to carry the American flag following the guidelines required for marching with an American flag during a parade. I was way too short and lacked the strength to carry that American flag, but thanks to Dad, that flag was displayed as it should have been during the parade, and I made it to the end without issue. I was so proud have been chosen to carry the American flag in that one Memorial Day parade. Thanks Dad!!!
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it always a feeling to hold national flag. I also feel proud. now a days government here has installed our national flag "The tri-color" on all important places, whenever we pass through those areas a strange feeling patriotic feeling appears
• United States
We did march every year in the Memorial Day Parade and other parades too. My arms would start to shake, and Dad would come and help me right myself again. It is a lovely day here, my friend. Hope your day is a lovely one too.
• United States
@TiarasOceanView Well, I am sure you did a fine job in those processions, my friend. I was an acolyte at our church when I was a kid and the fear of not being able to light all those candles freaked me out. I was afraid one of the many candles at the front of the church would not light, or the flame on my lit candle holder would die. Dang, it is hard to be a kid sometimes.
• United States
@Corbin5 when I was a little girl going to school I used to love to be part of the flag ceremony in the mornings. Only once did I get to raise the American flag. I usually got the California or the Lutheran flag. I think this is all tied into why I joined the military and then why I love singing the National Anthem so much and would enjoy doing that more than any other job I did as a Navy musician.
• Genova, Italy
also I have already told in another comment by another user, In Italy, there is no Memorial Day. We celebrate April 25 as a holiday of liberation from Nazi-fascism. However, we have very little to celebrate, because in the World War II, the Italy was defeat!
I have never attend any parades like this before. It sounds so nice to be there and carrying your country flag. I am not sure if the kid has been trained to carry such a heavy flag, otherwise he wouldn't be able to carry it, right? Happy Memorial Day!
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
Carrying the emblematic of a great nation would have stimulated to forget about the weight and the time taken to carry it. It´s beleived that giving the honor to do something makes one forget about the inconveniences. Your Dad supported you through the whole ordeal, that must have been stimulating