Custer flag raising continues tradition for veterans
CUSTER, S.D. — Following the parade, the annual flag raising ceremony took place at Custer’s Veterans Memorial.
The event included a reading of Johnny Cash’s “This Ragged Old Flag,” a rendition of “America, The Beautiful,” a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps” for fallen soldiers.
During the gathering, a flag is retired while another is taken up in its place.
For many veterans, this tradition is deeply personal.
“It just means so much that we see all these people coming out to watch our ceremony anymore because drawing down the old flag and raising up the new flag it has a big meaning and especially to me. A very deep meaning,” says Jim Hattervig of VFW Post 3442
Everyone was invited to help lower and raise the flag alongside veterans.
The Independence Day flag raising started eight years ago and takes place on the Fourth of July every year.