Learn­ing story of Old Glory, and treat­ing it with re­spect

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The St. Mary’s North­ern Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter’s “Sa­lute to Ser­vice” be­fore Vet­er­ans Day in­cluded a dis­cus­sion last week on the his­tory of the U.S. flag, and tips on how it should be pre­sented and re­spected.

Mike Bar­bour, a re­tired U.S. Navy se­nior chief petty of­fi­cer now serv­ing as the Amer­i­can­ism pro­grams chair­man at South­ern Mary­land Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 221 in Av­enue, told two dozen at­ten­dees at the se­nior cen­ter that there have been 27 dif­fer­ent U.S. flags in the na­tion’s his­tory, be­gin­ning with an orig­i­nal Con­ti­nen­tal Army flag that showed a trou­bling def­er­ence in its col­ors and de­sign to both in­de­pen­dence, and al­le­giance to Great Bri­tain.

As the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War com­menced with that flag car­ried into bat­tle, “Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton said he didn’t want to sus­tain the Bri­tish [troops] get­ting con­fused, that we were go­ing to sur­ren­der,” Bar­bour said. That con­cern led to seek­ing help from Betsy Ross, who had made the cur­tains at Wash­ing­ton’s es­tate, and her de­sign in­clud­ing a cir­cle of stars upon a blue field, ac­com­pa­ny­ing white and red stripes rep­re­sent­ing the orig­i­nal 13 colonies, he said.

As the years fol­lowed and more states joined the new na­tion, they re­ceived only stars, or “we’d have pin­stripes at the end,” Bar­bour said.

On proper eti­quette in the dis­play of Old Glory, Bar­bour said, when the U.S. flag is flown in a group, it’s “al­ways to be dis­played on its own right, [and] al­ways to the ob­server’s left,” but in the mid­dle if it’s on a taller staff.

While an ea­gle-shaped finial on top of a U.S. flag’s staff is tra­di­tional, Bar­bour said that in an out­door dis­play, gusts of winds can blow a flag on top of the ea­gle or­na­ment’s sharp edges, and tear the fab­ric.

“The globe [finial] is much bet­ter for windy con­di­tions,” he said.

If a U.S. flag ac­ci­den­tally is dropped, “You can pick up the flag, brush it off, and carry on,” Bar­bour said, but a dam­aged flag should be dis­carded in a dig­ni­fied and cer­e­mo­nial man­ner, now pro­vided each June 14, Flag Day, by the le­gion post’s mem­bers at a cre­ma­tion event held at the St. Mary’s gov­ern­men­tal com­plex in Leonard­town.

When the flag passes by in a pa­rade or dur­ing the play­ing of the na­tional an­them, Bar­bour said, civil­ians should hold their hat or right hand over their heart, while ac­tive ser­vice mem­bers sa­lute the flag. And vet­er­ans can do that, too.

“Vet­er­ans are au­tho­rized to sa­lute the flag as it passes,” he said. “They served un­der those col­ors.”

Go dance Satur­day night at church hall

South­ern Mary­land Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Dance is spon­sor­ing a con­tra dance this Satur­day, Nov. 11, at Christ Epis­co­pal Church’s parish hall in Chap­tico.

Ann Fal­lon will be call­ing the dance, and mu­sic will be pro­vided by the South­ern Mary­land Open Band. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the dance will be­gin at 7. Be­gin­ners are en­cour­aged to ar­rive at 7 for a dance work­shop.

Con­tra is a tra­di­tional Amer­i­can style of so­cial dance, pro­vid­ing fun and ex­er­cise for the whole fam­ily, and some­what akin to the Vir­ginia Reel or a Square Dance. No spe­cial cloth­ing is re­quired, as dancers need to be com­fort­able and move freely. There will be an ice cream so­cial dur­ing the dance. For more in­for­ma­tion and direc­tions, go on­line to www.smtmd.org.

Young deer hunters can go on es­corted treks this week­end

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources is en­cour­ag­ing ex­pe­ri­enced deer hunters to in­tro­duce youth to the time-hon­ored cul­tural and sport­ing tra­di­tion dur­ing two Ju­nior Deer Hunt­ing Days, this Satur­day and Sun­day, Nov. 11 and 12. The hunt will be held Satur­day on pri­vate and pub­lic land in all coun­ties, and Sun­day on pri­vate land in coun­ties in­clud­ing St. Mary’s.

Hunters 16 years of age or younger who pos­sess a valid li­cense may use firearms or air guns that meet depart­ment stan­dards to hunt sika and white-tailed deer on the two days. They must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult at least 21 years old, who holds a valid hunt­ing li­cense. Adults may not pos­sess a hunt­ing de­vice while ac­com­pa­ny­ing a ju­nior hunter, but may par­tic­i­pate in other open sea­sons, if they are not act­ing as a men­tor.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the week­end, in­clud­ing regional bag lim­its for the Ju­nior Deer Hunt Days, go on­line to http:// news.mary­land.gov/ dnr/2017/11/03/ju­niordeer-hunt­ing-days-set-fornovem­ber/.

Writer to speak Nov. 16 at col­lege

Joy Cas­tro, a prize-win­ning au­thor, will speak at 8:15 p.m. next Thurs­day, Nov. 16, at St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land’s Daugh­erty-Palmer Com­mons, in­clud­ing read­ing from her work.

Win­ner of an In­ter­na­tional Latino Book Award and the Ne­braska Book Award, and a fi­nal­ist for the PEN Cen­ter USA Lit­er­ary Award, Cas­tro is the au­thor of the mem- oir “The Truth Book” (2005), the crime novel “Hell or High Wa­ter” (2012), the es­say col­lec­tion “Is­land of Bones” (2012), the crime novel “Nearer Home” (2013), and the short fiction col­lec­tion “How Win­ter Be­gan” (2015).

Cas­tro is a pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Ne­braska, where she teaches cre­ative writ­ing, lit­er­a­ture, and Latina/o stud­ies.

Af­ter the read­ing, Kortet Men­sah, the col­lege’s as­so­ciate vice pres­i­dent of di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion, will lead a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion.

Crafters to sell their wares in Hol­ly­wood

The an­nual fall craft show to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Nov. 19, at the Hol­ly­wood Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment will fea­ture hand­made crafts, cloth­ing and Christ­mas items.

Other items avail­able for pur­chase will in­clude jew­elry, art­work, pic­tures, wood carv­ings, floral ar­range­ments, dec­o­ra­tive and re­pur­posed dishes, cro­cheted and knitted items, ce­ram­ics, quilts, blan­kets, jerky, jelly, an­i­mal ban­danas and ac­ces­sories, hair bands and bows, dips and doll clothes.

Beef bar­be­cue and stuffed ham sand­wiches will be on the menu, along with home­made soups, for guests to en­joy in a des­ig­nated din­ing area.

Stuffed ham also can be pur­chased by the pound, and there will be bake sale run by the ladies aux­il­iary with cakes, pies and cook­ies.

All pro­ceeds from the event will ben­e­fit the first re­spon­ders’ or­ga­ni­za­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion on the show, go on­line to www.hvfd7.com.

Girls on the Run to hold 5K event

Girls on the Run of South­ern Mary­land will hold its in­au­gu­ral 5K event on Satur­day, Nov. 18, at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 5K event is open to the pub­lic, and all pro­ceeds from the event will ben­e­fit the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Par­tic­i­pants can pick up pack­ets on race day at the sta­dium. The event will be­gin at 9 a.m, and early ar­rival is sug­gested.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, how to reg­is­ter and vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, go on­line to www.gotr­somd.org/5K.

Girls on the Run is a phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity-based youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gram that uses fun run­ning games and dy­namic dis­cus­sions to teach life skills to girls in third through eighth grade.

Dur­ing the 10-week pro­gram train­ing pro­gram, girls par­tic­i­pate in les­sons that foster con­fi­dence, build peer con­nec­tions and en­cour­age com­mu­nity ser­vice while they pre­pare for the end-of-sea­son cel­e­bra­tory 5K event.

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