La Vega NJROTC Cadets observed Veterans Day 2017 as they performed a traditional flag folding ceremony at The Delany At Lake Waco. The flag detail was commanded by Cadet/ Lieutenant Commander, Nathan Fleming. Other members of the flag detail included Cadets, Hunter Trumpower, Hector Garcia, Eliza Lozano, Victoria Robins and Wyatt Trumpower. Honorable guests included veterans from various branches and campaigns in US Military history as well as residents of The Delaney.
The ceremony itself, consists of a flag detail which folds the flag in accordance with U.S. Flag Code and existing regulations. In addition, a reading of the significance of each fold was conducted by each cadet. There are 13 folds of the fold which signify the original 13 colonies. When completed the flag is in the shape of a minuteman’s cocked hat in remembrance of the leadership of General George Washington and Commodore Stephen Decatur.
The origins of the flag folding ceremony are actually unknown. Some believe it began with the families of Gold Star Mothers, that is, those who had lost their sons or husbands in battle, or by an Air Force Chaplain.
The NJROTC Program was begun in 1964 under congressional mandate as an educational program teaching leadership and citizenship in the nation’s schools.
La Vega NJROTC’s Senior Naval Science Instructor is Commander James Gompper. The Naval Science Instructor is Chief Petty Officer, Bill Terry.