In-School Exploration,  Online Virtual Performance

Provider: Military Officers Association of Sarasota (MOAS)

Contact: Valerie McCarthy

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 100

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation?

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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This exploration provided by the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation demonstrates how to think like an historian by having students achieve these objectives:

  • Source, utilize and understand a variety of primary sources.
  • Correlate and contextualize resources.
  • Discover the rich history/meaning of the United States Flag.
  • Understand and internalize importance of patriotism and respect for the flag.
  • Acquire and utilize protocols for the flag’s display/retirement.

American Flag Protocol Initiative

The American Flag Protocol Initiative in a multi-faceted educational program intended to teach the origin, history, and meaning of the American Flag: the importance of patriotism and proper respect for the flag; and protocols for the Flag’s display and retirement.

As it is currently designed, the centerpiece of the American Flag Protocol Initiative is its academic curriculum, which consists of ten (10) 50-minute lessons.

Lesson Number and Topic:

1-2: Understanding the Origin of the American Flag

3: Meaning of the Flag

4: History of the American Flag

5-6: Importance of Patriotism

7:  Respect for the Flag

8-9: Showing Respect/Retiring the Flag

10: Guest presentation

Lesson 10 is intended to be presented by a visiting instructional team comprised of a volunteer member of the Military Association of Sarasota (MOAS) and JROTC Cadets from either the Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota, Booker, Riverview, and North Port High Schools or Venice Middle School. It is designed to include a brief review and “knowledge check” of the material contained in the first nine lessons, a “Flag Folding” exercise that will allow students to do some “hands-on” training and a short Graduation Ceremony in which certificates of completion will be awarded to each participating student by the MOAS representative.

Optional Component:  Request support from a local veteran organization color guard to perform a formal Flag Retreat Ceremony on site in order to demonstrate/execute the tenants of American Flag protocol.


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