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Monday, November 11, 2013 9:00 PM


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OTTOVILLE —Respect for the flag was the focus of this year’s Veterans Day program at Ottoville Local Schools. Nearly two dozen veterans attended the assembly.

The theme was “How to respect and care for our flag.”

High School Principal Jon Thorbahn shared flag etiquette with students.

“How should a flag be displayed?” he asked students. “When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag’s union should be at the top to the observer’s left. the union is the blue field with stars.

“When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously. The flag should be cleaned and and not torn,” he went on to say. “When our flags are worn, we give them to the VFW Post and they are disposed of by the American Legion in Fort Jennings.”

Thorbahn added that when a flag is worn on a lapel, it should be on the wearer’s left, near the heart.

Nearly two dozen veterans attended the program at Ottoville Schools Monday. Above: They proudly salute the flag as the? crowd recites the Pledge of Allegiance. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)Ottoville Boy Scouts Rudy Wenzlick, Trevor Fischer, Trent Miller, Andrew Grote and Alex Burgei demonstrated the proper way to fold a flag while Tonya Kaufman read the meaning of the 6 folds.

Kaufman also spoke about when the flag flies at half staff or half mast on a ship.

“To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered,” she shared.

Veterans joined students in the cafeteria for lunch and fellowship.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 8:43 PM

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