Published : Wednesday, 01 Jun 2011,
The Independence Division of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps will be conducting a public Flag Retirement Ceremony Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Veteranʼs Memorial Park-The South Wall on Bayfront Parkway, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The collection of old flags to be retired began Friday night at the Military Appreciation Show at Seville Quarter. Buck Mitchell, Marketing Director for Seville Quarter and a member of the Navy League board, offered to include the Cadets in the event after learning of their plans for the flag retirement ceremony. He presented them a flag for retirement during the evening. The Cadets received a prime location at the event and several Cadets, in their dress whites, enjoyed speaking with the patrons, especially the veteranʼs who had a story to share.
The USNSCC – Independence Division is chartered by The Pensacola Council Navy League. It is a youth organization open to ages 11-17 that promotes interest and skill in seamanship. Cadets follow the US Navy and Coast Guard military bearing, protocol, and traditions, but a commitment to join those organizations is not required. Cadets drill once a month on NAS Pensacola. Drills include focus on physical readiness, swim qualifications, uniform and appearance standards and marching. Additional training includes Color Guard duties, special events such as the Flag Retirement Ceremony and rotating through training provided by commands located on area bases.
Old U.S. flags that need to be retired can be dropped off at any of the following locations in the area during their normal business hours: Beggs & Lane at 501 Commendencia St.; PenAir FCU at 60 Industrial Blvd. in Car City and their branch on NAS Pensacola; Zaxbyʼs at 2640 Creighton Road and Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze. Additional locations that display a sign designating them as a drop off location for USNSCC-Independence Division are participating as well. Donations for the Sea Cadets, a non-profit organization, are also being accepted at these locations.
Those donations will directly support the unitʼs ability to purchase uniforms, supplies, equipment and provide meaningful training. While donations are accepted and appreciated, all flags collected will be retired on June 12 with the proper respect and protocol regardless of whether a donation has been made. The Cadets have been preparing over the last few drills for the Flag Retirement Ceremony and hope the public comes out to see this very respectful and moving ceremony.
For more information about the Ceremony contact Jennifer OʼBrien, USNSCC-Parent Auxiliary, 850-473-8119. Additional information about Sea Cadets can be found at www.seacadets.org .