Images: A salute to the Stars and Stripes
Photo by Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken
Contrary to the common five-minute warning dash indoors before morning colors, more than 100 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marines stood before the brightening morning sky, April 3, to render a salute to Old Glory in front of the 2nd MAW headquarters building at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
The 2nd MAW Band performed colors, giving the everyday flag raising added significance, rather than the usual pushing play on a stereo to sound colors through speakers. The formation has become a ritual at the beginning of the month for 2nd MAW, allowing 2nd MAW commanding general Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis the opportunity to reiterate the value of the wing and his appreciation for what its Marines do. He spoke to the Marines specifically about the recently announced awards from the Marine Corps Aviation Association. “2nd MAW took nearly 70 percent of the awards, individual and unit,” he said. “We’ve got units forward-deployed across the globe, that’s the sign of a good wing.”
Something to consider next time you look at your watch to beat colors.