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The opening ceremony may be given a patriotic atmosphere by centering it around the flag of the United States. Troop is in single-rank formation. The flag is carried to the front; the patrol leader of the honor guard patrol leads the whole troop in the pledge of allegiance: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for, which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." 

Troop is formed by patrols in two lines facing each other. The flag is marched up between lines with Scouts saluting. It is halted at the head of the lines and marched about, whereupon the whole troop gives the pledge of allegiance. 

Troop is in horseshoe formation, the flag in the center. Each Scout in turn steps forward one step, salutes and steps back--or all salute together. 

Troop is in single rank. Bring Scouts to attention, turn out all lights with the exception of a single spot or flashlight focused on the flag. A Scout from the color guard patrol recites (doesn't sing) the first verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The troop then sings the verse and lights are turned on. 

Troop, in line, faces a wall where a small pulley with a flag line is fastened. Troop comes to attention. The flag is slowly hoisted while the bugler plays "To the Colors" or the troop sings one verse of the patriotic hymn, "America," "God Bless America," or "America the Beautiful." 






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