2019 News & Announcements

Color Guard Supports Flag Pole Dedication

The MISSAR Color Guard was on hand on President’s Day, February 18 to dedicate a newly-constructed flag pole at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Public Safety Building. The story behind the event was that Police Chief Tim Wiley, who was a former FBI agent who had traveled all around the country, noticed that every police station he visited had a flag pole in front of each station. Chief Wiley asked UM Plant Operation Assistant Director Gary Taylor why they didn't have a flag pole in front of their Campus Safety and Support Building. Mr. Taylor soon starting working on this problem and found funding for the new flag pole project.

Blue Water Chapter President Gary Pastiva and long time employee of the university soon found out about this funding request and asked if the Sons of the American Revolution could offer the university a SAR Flag Certificate. Both Chief Wiley and Director Taylor liked the idea and asked if any SAR members and/or SAR Color Guard would like to attend a flag pole dedication service. A message was sent to MISSAR Vice President Ken Goodson asking him if any Color Guard members would be interested in attending. Compatriot Pastiva, who also serves as MISSAR Flag Chairman, reached out to DMC President Joe Williams asking him if he would be able to issue a SAR Flag Certificate to the university. Joe agreed, and several members of the MISSAR Color Guard soon volunteered to support.

MISSAR President Jim Petres joined as a Color Guard member along with Guard Commander Gerald Burkland, Guard Vice Commander Norman Palmer, and MISSAR Past President Rod Wilson. Gary Pastiva assisted in the ceremony.

Promptly at 12:00pm the SAR Color Guard proudly carried several flags and marched into position to officially start the service, closely followed by members of the University of Michigan Dearborn ROTC program. Two members ROTC members raised the American flag while police department student workers sang the National Anthem. Chancellor Dr. Domenico Grasso offered a few encouraging words and several of the university veterans were honored for their service to our nation.

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Photos courtesy Norman Palmer.