Navy Club of Carbon County announces that it is offering a flag program called "Honoring Our Flag" to school groups, youth groups and civic groups.

When the Navy Club realized there was a need for a program to show the history and heritage of our American Flag, and that students were not getting taught how to respect and display the flag during their regular classes, they created a program that covers all aspects of flag history and protocol.

Beginning early in 2011, the program was organized with the help of another Navy Club in Schuylkill County, and during the 2011 school year, it was presented to seven different schools and youth groups in Carbon County with great success. The program consists of three parts: the history of the Flag, respecting the flag, and folding the flag. The flag folding portion of the program presents the students with the meanings of each fold, and involves the students participating in folding the flag into the regulation three-corner shape.

The students are also given a booklet that they can take home and share with their family to increase understanding of why we honor and respect the flag.

The Flag program has been presented to two groups already this year, but the Navy Club wants everyone to know that the program is available free of charge to elementary and middle schools, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, and any group that wants to have the presentation. The 45 minute program will easily fit into school schedules, and works especially well with civics, history and social studies classes.

Contact Navy Club Commander, Scott Reinhart at (570) 645-7312 or email [1], subject line: flag program to arrange for your group to have this program presented to your classes or groups.

The USS Carbon County, Ship 260, Navy Club of The USA, is a chartered member of the Navy Club USA, and meets the last Monday of the month at the Nesquehoning VFW. Veterans of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Wartime Merchant Marines are eligible to join.