CONTACT: Will Poe, Master Sergeant (Retired), Jefferson High School Junior ROTC Instruction Team
4141 Flowing Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction, Jefferson County, W.Va.
Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing
Flag Retirement Ceremony at Concord University Friday, June 19, 3:30 p.m.
Athens, W.Va. – The Air Force Junior ROTC will perform a formal flag retirement ceremony at Concord University, Friday, June 19, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. At the ceremony, the cadets will pay tribute to the flag that has flown over the University for the past year and replace it with a new one.
The public and media are invited to attend and should plan to arrive by 3 p.m. to find parking and be in position for the ceremony, which will take place in front of Marsh Hall.
In a unique opportunity, community members are invited to bring flags that they can dispose of immediately following the formal Air Force Junior ROTC ceremony.
“Flags that are in disrepair or tattered should be retired,” stated Master Sgt. (ret.) Will Poe. We will dispose of the university’s flag in a way that pays homage to all it represents. We follow the U.S. Flag Code that reads, in part: ‘The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.’”
The flag retirement ceremony is part of the annual weeklong leadership development program held at Concord University and hosted by Air Force Junior ROTC Instructors in West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The program, called the Mountaineer Cadet Officer Leadership School, will take place from June 14 to June 20, 2009. About 240 high school students, called cadets, from 19 high schools and five states are expected to attend.
“The Mountaineer Cadet Officer Leadership School immerses these high school students in a college environment,” said Master Sgt. (ret.) Will Poe, “helping them to build confidence so that they can succeed in a college setting. The curriculum stresses the importance of organization and attention to detail in a compact schedule that begins at 5 a.m. and continues to 9 p.m.”
The leadership program provides three academic courses to the cadets based on the work of Jim Collin's research into outstanding organizations and his books, Good to Great and Built to Last.
“Cadets develop their leadership skills, followership and teambuilding through drills and ceremonies, leadership exercises, and basic medical care,” said Master Sgt. Poe. “They develop confidence through low ropes bridge crossing, orienteering, and water safety programs.
Cadets build their physical fitness through the Air Force Junior ROTC Extreme Excellence Wellness Challenge program and intramural sports.”
Cadets earn one semester of high school credit for the week of participation in the leadership program and can earn two credit hours through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison at 1-304-384-6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.
Svilen Trifonov, a student intern in the Public Relations office at Concord University, wrote this press release.