Menomonie (Press Release) – Cadets in the University of Wisconsin-Stout ROTC program are scheduled to participate in the 10th annual Flag Day ceremony Monday, June 14, at the Dunn County Veterans Memorial in downtown Menomonie.
The ceremony and dedication of new bricks will begin at 10 a.m. at the memorial, where Second Street and Crescent Street intersect.
The cadets will perform a flag ceremony, which will include lowering the current flag, folding it while explaining the meaning of each of the 13 ceremonial folds, and raising a new flag.
ROTC, or reserve officers' training corps, is a leadership development program that leads to a commission as an officer in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Students in any major may participate in ROTC with no military service obligation until their junior year.
Menomonie Fire Chief Jack Baus will serve as the Flag Day emcee, and UW-Stout student Dudley Markham, Menomonie, will be the program speaker.
During this anniversary year, all the names of veterans engraved on the bricks will be read. The event closes with the pealing of the James Huff Stout bell in Bowman Hall.
Among the founding members of the Dunn County Veterans Memorial Committee were Bob Swanson, former UW-Stout chancellor, and Dwight Agnew, a former UW-Stout dean. Both are WWII Army veterans.
The event will be held rain or shine, and those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Flag Day, every June 14, celebrates the 1777 anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. flag.
For more information, contact Main Street Menomonie Executive Director Laura Short at 715-235-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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