7 junio, 2024

Civic program: concept, structure and examples

He civic program It consists of a series of activities that are carried out around a commemorative date, generally of a historical nature. The planning reflects the events that will take place, and the place and date of each one.

It also includes an introduction by the host, who will give a brief summary of what will be done during the activity. Although it is commonly developed in school settings, it is also typical of cultural and social activities organized by public institutions, as well as protocol events in private institutions of various kinds.

The most important aspect of the civic program is the detailed presentation of the planning that gives structure to the activity.


Basic structure of a civic program

The guidelines that will be found in the program will vary according to the event that will be presented; however, a series of guidelines can be established to highlight during the preparation of the program:

Presentation of authorities.
Honors, preceded by an escort and the presentation of the flag.
Welcome words.
Words of the guest of honor, if the case arises.
Delivery of awards.
General message.

Basic requirements

Large space. Especially if the flag will be cremated. It should be noted that this ceremony is carried out when it presents tears or has lost tone over time.
Escort of the flag, made up of six members.
National flag.
Master of ceremonies.
Event sound.

Civic Program Examples

Example 1

«Good morning and welcome to today’s event to commemorate the birth of Don Benito Juárez, born on March 21, 1806. We will begin with the program below:

Presentation of the honors to the flag.
Singing of the National Anthem by the Oaxaca State Symphony.
We will enjoy a brief portrait of Don Benito Juárez by the Secretary of Government of the city.
Delivery of recognitions to Benito Juárez by the Secretary of Government and by the secretary of education of the city.
They will talk about the influence of Benito Juárez in politics in the country and the world.
Presentation of floral offering by a representation of the Military College.
Farewell to the National Flag.
Words of thanks and final speech”.

Example 2

“Teachers, dear young people and colleagues, good morning and welcome!

Today Monday, it is up to direct this civic act to the Second Grade students, under the following program that is presented below:

1-To start the civic part of the event, we will receive our tricolor flag, with due respect and standing at attention.

2-Next, we will present the oath before the National Flag.

3-Act immediately, to the beat of the music -with a strong and clear voice, and standing at attention- we will sing the glorious notes of the National Anthem of our country.

4-Continuing with the order of our program, now we will say goodbye to our flag in the same firm position.

5-Start of the cultural cycle of the event when a corresponding reading is made of the national ephemeris corresponding to this week of ephemeris.

6-Next, there will be a reading of the Campeche ephemeris corresponding to this week of ephemeris.

7-To culminate this civic act, we will sing the notes of the Campechano Anthem, standing at attention.

8-Second Grade students, we thank you for your kind participation in this simple but significant civic ceremony. Thank you for your assistance!».

Protocol of civic programs in Mexico

Given that the national flag is an essential part in the development of civic programs, the Law on the Coat of Arms, the Flag and the National Anthem, sets out a series of instructions for the different types of ceremonies.

Flag Honors with Escort Flag

Arrival of authorities and guests.
Reading of the ephemeris.
Presentation of the presidium.
Honors to the national flag.
Singing of the national anthem.
Keeper of the flag
End of the act.

Honors to the flag with hoisting of the foreign flag

Arrival of special authorities and guests.
Presentation of the presidium.
Hoisting of the flag by the most important authority in the place.
Singing of the national anthem.
End of the event.

Flag honors and cremation

As previously stated, the incineration of the flag is the destruction of the flag due to the defective conditions in which it is found.
Arrival of authorities and special guests.
Flag ceremonies.
Presentation of the presidium.
Message related to the act of incineration of the flag.
Flag cremation.
Singing of the national anthem.
End of the event.


This act consists of the reception of the flag by some authority. According to the law, this act will be valid for public and private institutions.

Arrival of the authorities and special guests.
Presentation of the presidium.
Take and flag the person representing the institution.
Singing of the national anthem.
Guardian of the flag with their respective honors.
Conclusion of the event.

school civic programs

According to the Manual for the preparation and organization of civic events, in the school environment the following will be taken as basic points:

Flag ceremonies.
Singing of the national anthem.

In these programs, an attempt will be made not to overload participation in order to maintain the respect and solemnity that should characterize this type of act.

On the other hand, it also indicates the importance of separating artistic or cultural acts from civic programs, since the former are not considered part of civic acts.

However, it should be noted that on certain occasions the inclusion of both elements explained above may be allowed.

Likewise, the realization of the event will be similar to that mentioned above, except that these include the participation of teachers and staff of the school institution.


American Gipsy College. (2012). civic tribute. In Google Docs. Retrieved from Docs of docs.google.com
Manual for the preparation and organization of civic events. (nd). In Cesee. Recovered from cesee.edu.mx.
Program script. (nd). In Info Cobach. Retrieved from info.cobach.edu.mx.
Programs for civic ceremonies. (nd). At the Ministry of the Interior. Recovered from Gobernación de gob.mx.

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