— Inaugural Flag Day Event Held June 14 Honoring Active Duty and Retired Military Personnel –

Flag outside Mormon Battalion

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site in Old Town is hosting a special event to celebrate Flag Day on June 14. Several military groups, families and guests will gather at the site for a special program that will honor all military units, starting with a flag-retiring ceremony at 4:45 p.m. The event is free to the public to attend, but reservations are requested.

“We are so honored to host this event to pay tribute our nation’s true heroes: the military,” said Mormon Battalion Historic Site Director Ed Seegmiller. “Many military groups will gather at the battalion for the first time to recognize the brave men and women who sacrifice for us every day.”

The event will start behind the Mormon Battalion in the picnic area, where special performances by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Brass Band and Color Guard will take place after the flag-retiring ceremony.

Speeches from high-ranking military officials begin around 5 p.m. Guest speaker and historian, Randy Madsen, will also give a 10-minute presentation about the history of the military. Special recognition will be given to: the Chosin Few, Buffalo Soldiers, Army of the West and the Gold Star Wives of America.

After the event, all guests are invited inside the Mormon Battalion Historic Site for a cake-cutting ceremony. Retired Maj. Donald R. Bennett will cut the cake with his sword, according to tradition. Refreshments will be available as well from Cold Stone Creamery and Fiesta de Reyes.

Guests of the event will also get a chance to see displays from the Chosin Few, Buffalo Soldiers, Army of the West and the Family Search Center, a resource for researching your ancestors with professional assistance. Tickets also will be issued to those who wish to take a tour of the historic site after the ceremony.

Parking is available across the street at Heritage Park and at the battalion. Free parking is also available at the CalTrans headquarters, just four blocks from the battalion at 4050 Taylor St.

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is located at 2510 Juan St. Guests should RSVP by calling 619-298-3317 or by emailing saffleck@live.com.