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Mormon Battalion Site to Observe Flag Day with Event

Contributed By From the Church News

  • June 14, 2013
June 14, 2013
San Diego, CA, USA


The Mormon Battalion Historic Site in San Diego’s Old Town will observe Flag Day on June 14 by hosting an event involving several military groups, families, and guests.

The event is free to the public, but reservations are requested.

A special program, beginning with a flag-retiring ceremony at 4:45 p.m., will honor all military units.

“We are so honored to host this event to pay tribute to our nation’s true heroes, the military,” said Mormon Battalion Historic Site director Ed Seegmiller. “Many military groups will gather at the site for the first time to recognize the brave men and women who sacrifice for us every day.”

Special performances by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Band and Color Guard will take place after the flag-retiring ceremony. 

Speeches from military officials will begin around 5:00 p.m. In addition, historian Randy Madsen will give a 10-minute presentation about the history of the military.

After the event, participants will be invited inside the visitors’ center at the historic site for a cake-cutting ceremony. Retired Maj. Donald R. Bennett will cut the cake with his sword according to tradition.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view displays from the Chosin Few, Buffalo Soldiers, Army of the West, and the Church’s local FamilySearch center. Tickets will be issued to those who wish to take a tour of the historic site after the ceremony.

“I think it is important to note that the Mormon Battalion was part of the U.S. Army of the West and was stationed at and secured San Diego,” said Dianna Packard, a historical director at the historic site. 

“San Diego is a military town, and the Mormon Battalion is part of that military history. It is very fitting for us to be honoring our military in San Diego.”

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is located at 2510 Juan St. Guests should RSVP by calling 619- 298-3317 or by emailing