Flag Etiquette


The Great Lakes Bay Veterans Coalition (GLBVC) teaches flag etiquette to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in local schools in the following school systems:

  • Bangor Township Schools
  • Bay City School District
  • Bullock Creek School District
  • Freeland Community School District
  • Meridian Public School District
  • Midland Public School District

In addition to the class, the GLBVC, in partnership with IFF and Pizza Sam’s, hosts an art contest.  All students in the classes we teach are eligible to participate.  We will choose one drawing from each session to receive a gift certificate to Pizza Sam’s

Important Dates

  • September 01, 2023 – emails are sent out to schools.
  • October 01, 2023 – schools respond with their choices.

We would like to have all the dates confirmed as soon as possible so that we can set up the schedule for our volunteers.

2023/2024 Tentative Dates

We set our classes up for every third Friday during the school year.  Tentative dates are listed below.  

  • October 20, 2023 – no school yet
  • November 10, 2023 – no school yet
  • December 1, 2023 – no school yet
  • December 22, 2023 – no school yet
  • January 12, 2024 – no school yet
  • February 2, 2024 – no school yet
  • February 23, 2024 – no school yet
  • March 15, 2024 – no school yet
  • April 5, 2024 – no school yet
  • April 26, 2024 – no school yet


Each class takes about 45 minutes, and we will teach three sessions max. Our group will arrive at 8:40 AM and set up and would like to have classes starting at:

  • 9:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM

Once the presentation is complete, we ask that the teachers assist in dividing the students up into groups of six for the hands-on session.

Our Requirements

We need the following:

  • Overhead projector
  • Computer for our memory stick, (we will bring our own computer, but it works easier if you have one already connected).
  • Space for the students to practice folding the flag.

Volunteer Opportunities

We try to host each class with a minimum of six, but we can use as many as ten volunteers.  We would encourage anyone from the following groups to join us:

  • Veterans
  • National Guard and Reserve
  • EMS
  • Fire Fighters
  • Law Enforcement

Sponsorship Opportunities

Program Sponsor – $500

  • Program sponsors will have their logo at the beginning and end of the presentation and also on the contest form the students submit.

Project Sponsors

Project Sponsors

Coalition Partners

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For more information

Please contact us with any questions or if you want to have us help with disposing of your nylon and synthetic flags

Brad Blanchard, Director

Great Lakes Bay Veterans Coalition



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The GLBVC is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 87-2971759