Navy Sea Cadets to raise flags for special occasions
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
May 17, 2013 | 605 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Navy Sea Cadets have offered to raise and lower the flags at city and county government buildings on select holidays. The Cleveland City Council accepted their offer.

Mayor Tom Rowland said the cadets know when and how to display the U.S. flag.

“For example, on Memorial Day, the flag goes back up from half-staff to its peak at noon. All city and county employees are off that day and it is not raised until the following day. They know the flag code. They get all of the publications from the governor and the president’s office.”

Sea Cadet adviser Patrick Abercrombie approached the Council with cadet Seaman Recruit Ashton Baggett, 14, and cadet Petty Officer First Class Alex Abercrombie, 17.

Patrick Abercrombie said there are subscription services that publish proclamations as soon as they are signed by the president.

“There are email services you can subscribe to that will alert you when it is time to lower the flag, for what reason and the duration,” Abercrombie said.

He said American Flag and Flagpole Co., offers the service. “They do not send you any promotional materials and they do not sell your name. They simply want the flag displayed properly.”

Abercrombie said the secondary purposes for offering to care for local government flags is to encourage community involvement and reward cadets in the Sea Cadet, ROTC or Civil Air Patrol programs “who rise head and shoulders above their peers, to give them the honor to serve in this capacity.”

The cadet leader said they do not take lightly the task of caring for the flag.