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Southern College of Optometry observed Flag Day on Tuesday, June 14 with an 8 a.m. ceremony at the flag pole on campus.
The event marked the perfect way to observe Flag Day and coincided with the retirement and replacement of the American flag on SCO's campus. Participants included a Student Color Guard and representatives of the Marine Corps League.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Dean Swick, U.S. Army, served as master of ceremony. LTC Swick is SCO's Director of Information Services and has spent 28 years in service to his country, including five years active duty, 16 years in the Arkansas National Guard, and six years in the Army Reserve. His service includes deployment to Grenada, Mexico, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operational New Dawn.
In his remarks, LTC Swick noted the solemnity of the occasion and that Flag Day reminds Americans of their country's heritage and pride in our flag.
The Student Color Guard assisted the Marine Corps League in the exchange of the old flag for the new. Student participants included Nora Lee Cothran, '13, and Krishaan Anderson, '12, of the U.S. Air Force, and Derek Black, '13, of the U.S. Army. Recent graduate Shane Frerichs, OD '11, also participated and represented the U.S. Air Force.
After the Student Color Guard hoisted the new flag, participants and observers from the faculty, staff and students, as well as a few family members and friends, joined in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Brandon Sloan, '14, sang the National Anthem, a video snippet of which can be viewed in SCO's photo gallery with other images from the occasion.
The Marine Corps League concluded the program by conducting a flag-folding ceremony. Participants included:
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag, which happened on this date by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
Complete photo coverage and a small video clip can be found in SCO's online photo gallery from the event.