Annually, November 11th of each year, Veteran’s Day, is a day to recognize our service men and women of the past and present. Specifically, those that have made sacrifices in giving of themselves in service to our country in numerous combat zones across the globe. Magic Kingdom park is no different! And Disney does a wonderful job of recognizing veterans for their faithful service!
Although today, the 12th, is considered an observed holiday, yesterday the Magic Kingdom commemorated Veteran’s Day with a special ceremony. A “flag retreat” ceremony was carried out and meant of honor both active duty military members and service/ combat veterans.
The ceremony is a special way in which Disney says “Thank You” to those who have given so much of themselves so selflessly. Not only is the retreat ceremony designed to thank visiting service members and veterans, but also those who work for Disney. The Magic Kingdom and Disney take the opportunity every year to especially show their gratitude towards their own cast members who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The ceremony, which requires an Honor Guard to remove the flag, insisted on two prior service cast members being selected by their superiors to assist with the retreat. The honors include removal and receiving of the flag after it has flown over the Magic Kingdom during the holiday, and leading a procession down Main Street U.S.A.
Disney is no stranger to supporting military personnel. They were well represented in an NYC parade yesterday in honor of Veteran’s Day while carrying a banner that stated: “HEROS WORK HERE.” In the past, Disney and their cartoons have also been instrumental moral boosters for war efforts, specifically WWII.
Here at Chip and Co. we would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your service to our great nation! As does Disney, we are eternally grateful to your sacrifices and hope you know that they do not go unnoticed. Thank you veterans!
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