At a ceremony hosted by Alameda veterans groups Monday, members of the public gathered at Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to honor those who fought to protect American freedom. As part of the ceremony, veterans and members of the public were treated to a performance by The Sting, Alameda High School’s (AHS) marching band (above).
The young musicians, led by AHS music director Mitchell White, performed with reverence and received rousing applause from the audience.
Following the performance, a detachment from the U.S. Navy retired the old, then hoisted new, U.S. and POW/MIA flags in front of the building (below). The somber service followed strict military procedure for retiring the flags, requiring precision and focus. The servicepeople then deposited the faded banners in the conveniently located retired flag drop mailbox.
The ceremony then continued inside the building with several speakers presenting a Veterans Day service, including Senior Chief Greg Owens USN, Ret., and Capt. Kanan Ott USN, NOSC Alameda. Lt. Eric Neider, U.S. Navy Chaplain served as master of ceremonies.