Southwest FL – Tom Piazze, 2nd VP, MOAS, and Ms. Bernadette Bennett, Program Specialist, K-12 Social Studies, Sarasota County School Board, were our featured speakers at the August Luncheon; updating us on a multi-faceted educational program currently being developed that focuses on the American Flag and the proper etiquette and respect that it should be afforded.
MOAS, in partnership with other greater Sarasota area organizations and agencies, will introduce an American Flag Protocol Instructional Program during The Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor Campaign to educate Sarasota schoolchildren; and inform the general public and the Sarasota/Manatee business community of the origin, and history of the American Flag; the importance of patriotism and respect for the flag; and the proper protocols for the flag’s display and retirement.
Over the past six months, Tom Piazze has been working with Bernadette Bennett’s curriculum development team, and key representatives from The Patterson Foundation, the Sarasota County Veterans Commission, Sarasota Military Academy, & the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida to create and implement a multi-dimensional program scheduled for launch in November 2013. The program’s centerpiece is an academic curriculum that includes nine (9) lessons of in-classroom instruction for 4th and 5th grade students that will be presented by their assigned teachers, along with a practicum conducted by visiting instructional teams consisting of a member of MOAS; JROTC Cadets from the Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota, Booker, Riverview, Venice or Northport High Schools; and Senior Level Scouts from the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida.
There will also be an option for the school to request a veteran organization color guard conduct a formal retreat ceremony on school grounds to demonstrate respect, patriotism and proper flag protocol. There will also be an outreach program to area businesses and civic organizations consisting of both hard copy and electronic media outlining the proper use and display of the American Flag. Finally, the program includes the conduct of a Flag Retirement ceremony for old and/or damaged flags at Patriot Plaza in late Spring 2014 that will be open to the general public.
There is a growing need for MOAS volunteers to help during the execution phase of the program. For more information about how you can lend a hand, please contact either Tom Piazze at (941) 761-1278 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Christopher Davis at Christopher.email@example.com or (941) 840-4503.
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