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Plaza Patriots every Wednesday Night in Old Towne Orange

January 15, 2013

Lowering of the Plaza – American Flag

Wednesdays are very special in the Old Towne Orange area…not because of a good food discount, or a weekly parade…they are special because a group of volunteer veterans participate in a flag-lowering ceremony right in the center of the Plaza at 6:00 pm.

We had the chance to experience it for ourselves last Wednesday, and what a unique way to honor our countries war veterans and the soldiers still fighting for our freedom in the Middle East.

The weekly ceremony is led by Mark Wayland, who served in the Marines during the Vietnam War, Orange local & retired firefighter gives the announcements and honors for the night. The program is around 30 minutes, and truly honors all the service men and women who have helped protect our beautiful country. It consists of a meet and greet time, photo boards of our fallen soldiers at war, weekly announcements, a flag ceremony and a beautiful version of “Taps” on the bugle.

Mark Wayland – Vietnam Veteran

Most of the veterans who attend weekly arrive in uniform or tribute vests to commemorate their time in the service and their support for the U.S.A! A lot of the weekly participants are part of the Patriot Guard Riders, who do events all over the nation honoring those in the service.

Take some time on a Wednesday night at 6:00 pm to go observe and thank the men and women who have served our country over the years. You even get a small key chain gift for being a first time participant! Plan on getting there a few minutes early so you you have time to find parking in the Plaza. Find the “Plaza Patriots” on Facebook! 

Flag Folding – done by War Veterans

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