CAP’s Group 3 Color Guard Presents Colors at the Philadelphia Seaport Memorial Day 2022
30 May 2022
Contact: SM Matt Bergh, CAP
Philadelphia Memorial Day Ceremony
PHILADELPHIA, PA - On Monday 30 May 2022 at 1000 hrs local, members of the Civil Air Patrol Group 3 Color Guard took to the deck of the famed cruiser USS Olympia to present the colors at this year’s Independence Seaport Museum's Memorial Day ceremonies. Cadets from squadrons 902, 1006, and 1007 responded and were led by Maj. William Manley and Maj. Anthony Kearse. The group represented The Civil Air Patrol honorably as they responded to the formal request of support. Members from different branches of the armed forces and their auxiliaries were represented as they paid honor to the men and women who have died serving their nation.
The annual Independence Seaport Museum's Memorial Day remembrance ceremony is made possible by a partnership with The Chapel of Four Chaplains. The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation’s mission is to tell the story of the “Four Chaplains'' to promote Interfaith Cooperation and Selfless Service in individuals and organizations. The foundation took its inspiration from the sacrifices of 4 chaplains during an incident on an atlantic crossing on the U.S.A.T. Dorchester on February 3, 1943.
Today, the Four Chaplains foundation is led by numerous men and women from backgrounds in military, civilian and our own Civil Air Patrol. Based out of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the organization aims to support local causes while preserving the historical legacy of the Four Chaplains.
After the CAP presentation of the colors, the National Anthem was sung by special guest singer Jillian Pirtle. The Memorial Day ceremony was continued by speeches from members -MORE- of the Chapel of Four Chaplains, the Independence Seaport Museum and special guest speaker USMC Colonel Vincent John Ciuccoli. Members, families and CAP cadets sat and listened to the potent stories and gratitude shared by the featured speakers.
The event was concluded with a ceremonial throwing of the wreathe overboard, a moment of silence, Taps and a triple 6-pounder gun salute. The final thunderous booms echoed across the water in a fitting display of power and commemoration. The CAP Group 3 Color Guard received commendable feedback from host and attendees upon completion of the ceremony.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.gp3pawg.org for more information
All Photos : SM Matt Bergh