POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — During a time when much is being said about protesting national symbols of patriotism, not much has been made about how to respect them.
Take, for example, Old Glory. This weekend, the American flag will be leading the way at the Battle Days Parade which takes places at 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street. Lineup is at Main Street Baptist Church just prior to the parade, which will then travel south.
Though the flag will be carried down Main Street, how many people know what to do, and what not to do, to show respect to it?
Ed Cromley, president of the Point Pleasant chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, has helped organize flag retirement ceremonies at Fort Randolph and participates in many parades and events as a representative of SAR, including the annual memorial service at The Magazine on the last day of Battle Days. The Point Pleasant Register recently spoke to Cromley about flag etiquette. He researched the law to come up with the following guidelines residents can utilize at Saturday’s parade and beyond.
“A flag on a float should only be displayed on a staff. A flag should not be draped over a vehicle’s hood or trunk. No other flag is displayed higher than the U.S. Flag. U.S. Flags are never dipped to any person or thing. The flag never touches the ground. Never carry the flag horizontally. When the colors pass in the parade onlookers should remove their caps, cover their hearts with their right hand and stand at attention until the flag passes.
“We invite everyone to enjoy the Battle Days parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday,” Cromley said.
The festival itinerary is as follows: Friday, Oct. 7: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mansion House Museum open; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. crafts on Main Street, encampments and demonstrations; 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., two performances of History in the Round, an outdoor drama centered around the Battle of Point Pleasant. According to the Battle Days Committee, History in the Round tells the story of the Princess of the Point through sound, lighting and dramatic presentations. Visitors can hear her tragic story as it intertwines with that of the Battle of Point Pleasant, Ann Bailey and Chief Cornstalk. There will be some seating provided, visitors may bring a chair. There is no cost for this event and very little walking is required.
Saturday, Oct. 8: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mansion House Museum open; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., crafts, activities, entertainment sponsored by Main Street Merchants; 11 a.m. parade on Main Street; noon, elementary school chorus, wagon rides start at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; 12:30 p.m. John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps perform; 1 p.m., Center Shot Ministries (archery), Chief Cornstalk reenactor, Pipes and Drums; 1:30 p.m., Colonial Games, Daniel Boone reenactor, Dulcimers musical performance; 2 p.m. Modock Rounders perform, Ann Bailey reenactor; 2:30 p.m. Chief Cornstalk reenactor; 3 p.m. Ann Bailey renenactor; 3:30 p.m. Daniel Boone reenactor; 4 p.m. Princess Tea Party, (the Princess of the Point and her friends will serve tea and cookies to all princesses under the pavilion in their “magical kingdom,” cost is $8 per princess which includes admission, refreshments and favors, RSVP was required), also at 4 p.m., Kootaga Indian Dancers; 6-8 p.m. Colonial Governor’s Reception at American Legion (Sons of the American Revolution members only, tickets required); 7-9 p.m. “An Evening with the Newmans” is presented (the Mansion House will be lit by lanterns as Walter and Catherine Newman reenactors share stories of life on the Virginia frontier, period music and light refreshments will be provided); 8-10 p.m., Colonial Ball at the American Legion (free for ages 13 and up).
Sunday, Oct. 9: 10 a.m. Colonial Church Service; 1-4:30 p.m. Mansion House Museum open; 2 p.m., memorial service honoring those militiamen killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant.
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