The retirement of the Stars and Stripes in a formal ceremony is an opportunity to outwardly express ones high regard for our nation’s emblem as well as a time to reflect on its meaning.
Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School Army JROTC delivered a heartfelt 10th anniversary Flag Retirement Ceremony March 30th of this year that featured the Corps of Cadets, The BDEAHS Swing Choir and several noteworthy VIP and invited guests. The guest included the Commanding General and the Command Sergeant Major of the Alaska Army National Guard (AKARNG).BG Charles Knowles and CSM Mike Nyquist both of who were instrumental in granting the Territorial Cadet Guard their namesake to the competition drill teams were very impressed with the Cadet's demeanor and professionalism. Former AKARNG Commanding General BG (ret) Randy Banez was also in attendance.
With a brilliant guest speaker in Dr. Jillian Gates (Anchorage School District, ASD Gifted Education Program) fulfilling guest speaker honors and the attendance of ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop and ASD Director of Secondary Education Marty Lang the ceremony possessed a very special feeling for everyone in attendance. An outpouring of emotion and pride to the Cadet Corps from Dr. Bishop and BG Knowles after the ceremony, visibly generated an outward expression of duty, honor and pride among the Cadets. Dr. Bishop took this moment to say farewell to Cadet Corps as she assumes other endeavors in her accomplished lifetime of service. The local news outlet for Anchorage, Channel 2 News, interviewed a well-spoken Cadet Battalion Commander, C/LTC Kaleah Graham and observed both the formal indoor ceremony complete with a formal uncasing of the colors and reading of the flags history by the Cadets before observing an outdoor ceremony of the retirement of the flag by a formal burn detail trained by 1SG Emilio Lobato, AI for LET 2 Cadets.