Tuesday, July 20, 2010
One of the avowed missions of the Boys Scouts is to help boys and young men learn character traits such as loyalty and patriotism. To begin to learn these, they should also understand their relationship to their country. Proper reverence for the symbols of our country is key. One of the elements of Philmont was the daily flag ceremony. I'm hoping even our youngest began to get a sense of what the flags we fly mean. I recall watching my mother's reaction to the flying of Old Glory and the playing of the national anthem. I'm sure that it was in observing her love for God and country that I begin to learn and feel my own love for them.