Terrific Tuesdays: Disney’s Flag Retreat Ceremony – Thank a Veteran!

With today being Veteran’s Day, it is a good time to point out a little known gem you may have missed at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. If you noticed the flag pole standing prominently in Town Square on Main Street USA, you may not have given it a second thought. There is a flag that has been hoisted prior to the park opening. Since the flag needs to be removed before dark, the Magic Kingdom presents a Flag Retreat ceremony every day at 5:00 pm.

If you have never witnessed this, I would suggest you add it to your plans the next time you visit Magic Kingdom. Each day the Cast Members choose a “Veteran of the Day”. The Main Street Philharmonic Marching Band assembles on the train platform and the walkway below. When the ceremony begins the band marches thru the path made by cast members. Walt Disney World security and the Veteran of the Day follow behind. The band reassembles around the flag pole.

At this time the Pledge of Allegiance is recited with the help of the Dapper Dans. The flag is lowered while the band plays The Star Spangled Banner. After the flag is folded it is presented to the Veteran of the Day.

I personally find this ceremony to be very moving. I have often walked away teary eyed after watching the Flag Retreat ceremony. Today especially, I would like to take the opportunity to thank those who have served to protect the freedom of our country. Your service is very much appreciated!

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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