CAP Cadets Perform for DAR
South Dakota Wing cadets performed a formal color guard ceremony at the annual picnic of the Mary Chilton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), recently.
The Mary Chilton DAR Foundation awarded South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol, a charitable grant of $11,556 to replace six sets of aging flags, poles and stands, simulated rifles, protective cases, and white gloves used to formally present and retire the colors. The CAP cadets volunteered to perform for the chapter to say thank-you.
“The Mary Chilton DAR Foundation supports local programs and projects that promote our mission of historical preservation, education, and patriotism. It is truly exciting to support these CAP youth members in their development of future leaders,” said Chapter Regent, Dr. Michelle McElroy.
Cadets from CAP’s Sioux Falls and Lincoln County Composite Squadrons presented the colors, performed a flag folding, and retired the colors. DAR chapter leaders also presented a ceremonial check to recognize that the color guard gear the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation funded is now in full use.
“Our highly-professional CAP cadets are often requested to present the colors in public settings, including sporting events, memorial ceremonies, and other activities where flag respect is important,” said Col. Michael Marek, South Dakota Wing commander. “The generous grant from the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation allows these important performances to be stellar examples of American flag respect and patriotism.”
Military-style customs and courtesies are important aspects of the CAP youth program, which focuses on leadership development. In addition to providing color guard ceremonies for public events, CAP cadets use the equipment provided by the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation for internal ceremonies and competition events.