The Foley AFJROTC unit performed a flag retirement ceremony on Wednesday, September 27th, from 1700-1900 at the American Legion Post 44 in Gulf Shores.
The cadets performed the ceremony because the city of Foley has worn and torn flags that can no longer serve our country.
Cadet Technical Sergeant Noel Appleton discussed in a meeting how this process unfolds.
“We have to take down the flag, fold it, and then retire it for the night. Then we raise the most appropriate flag, the highest “ranking” flag, and recite the pledge. We then take it down and fold it ceremoniously, and hand the flag off to commander. The commander hands the flag to the second color guard, and that color guard unfolds it from its original triangle, folds it into a rectangle and places it on the fire. A poem is read, God Bless America is played, and they dismiss the audience. Then the color guard that is placed around the fire must stay there until the flag is completely consumed. We then add the rest of the flags being represented in the ceremony into the fire.”
Participants in the color guards were as follows:
Cadet Technical Sergeant Noel Appleton
Cadet Technical Sergeant Kristina Bice
Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Paola Cerecedo
Cadet Airman 1st Class Cade Kilzer
Cadet Captain Wesley Nevin
Cadet 1st Lieutenant William Nevin
Cadet Airman 1st Class Richard Nguyen
Cadet Senior Airman Brandon Sandell
1st Lieutenant Haden Schoetzow
The speaker was Cadet Airman 1st Class Ashley Parnell.
The photographer was Cadet Airman Basic Devin Beane.