As the sun blazes down on a hot June day, six Vanguard crew members stand at attention. All six are veterans, representing different branches of the U.S. military, all preparing to honor our symbol of freedom.
June 14th marked Flag Day – an occasion to commemorate the adoption of the American flag – and Vanguard recognized the day with a ceremony hosted by our internal military network, VetsConnect. Open to all crew, the ceremony is held annually, rain or shine. Jesse Hamilton, an Investment Management Group Process Expert, and veteran of the U.S. Army, shares, “Vanguard’s Flag Day ceremony is a special event where crew members come together to pay homage to the nation’s colors and the freedom they represent.”
The event opened with a live rendition of the national anthem, sung by crew member Lisa Rawus, followed by a ceremonial flag detail: a ritual where the flag is lowered and folded according to flag-folding protocol. Then a new flag is unfolded and raised.
After the flag detail, crew member Kyle Dolan presented a brief history of the flag and the significance of June 14th – not only the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag, but also the birthday of the United States Army. Dolan shared that VetsConnect offered this event in order to preserve the traditions, history, pride, and respect that are due the nation’s symbol. “May we never lose sight of the meaning of our flag.” he concluded.
In addition to the Flag Day ceremony, VetsConnect offers resources, support, and networking opportunities throughout the year, all to create a sense of community for active duty, veteran, and civilian crew members. Hamilton observes, “There’s a strong sense of camaraderie within Vanguard’s veteran community, almost identical to the camaraderie I experienced during my time in the U.S. Army.”