On Monday, December 7, members of the Salt River Police Department’s Honor Guard Team, the Salt River Fire Department, members of the SRPMIC Bushmasters POST 114, members of the GRIC Ira Hayes POST 84, the American Legion Riders POST 39 and the SRPMIC Red Mountain Riders, participated in a flag raising ceremony commemorating the 74th year of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The flag used in this ceremony was the National Flag which had been flown over the Memorial of the USS Arizona, according to Thomas Jackson, Collection Management Curarator for the Huhugam Ki Museum.
In 2007, the Bushmasters Post 114 flew to Honolulu to receive the National Flag and were allowed special permission to perform appropriate honors before the wall of names aboard the Memorial. This ceremony included the singing of the traditional “Going Home” song.
The Bushmasters were presented the National Flag by the “Survivors of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.” During the presentation, a request was made for the Bushmasters to always open the flag on December 7, “to remember all who have given their lives in service to our country.”
Since 2007, the Bushmasters have kept that promise and created the ”Breathing of the Flag Ceremony.” The flag is opened and turned and dipped to the four cardinal directions as a salute to the fallen and their families wherever they may live in this great country. The flag is then refolded and exhibited in silence and respect.