Chautauquans honor the sacrifices made by our military veterans during flag raising ceremonies throughout the season. These military funeral flag exchange ceremonies are sponsored by the Chautauqua Historical Society and conducted by the Chautauqua Veterans Flag Detail, headed by Chuck Bryant. Veterans in the Flag Detail include Scott Adams, John Bick, Melanie Bick, Matthew Bonzon, Chuck Bryant, Don Bryant, Larry Colbert, Gary Crane, Dan Drescher, Bob Edmunds, Cheryl Gerber, Tom Hagemann, Dave Hagin, Bert Hampton, Gordon Higgins, Ian Hurd, Joe Laffler, Tim Mullarkey, Bob O’Hearne, Cory Palmer, Fred Palmer, Carl Raab, Jim Roberts, Bill Russell, Charlie Schaeffer, Bob Street, Jay Thatcher, Ken Trabue, Bob Willman, and Eric Woodruff.
Gordon Higgins and Charlie Schaeffer are WWII veterans. Melanie Bick and Ian Hurd are on active duty with the United States Army and United States Coast Guard, respectively. Matthew Bonzon is undergoing BCT duty, Fort Jackson, SC.
Flags in the Chautauqua Memorial Flag Collection are under the stewardship of the Chautauqua Historical Society, and are memorialized each season on a rotating schedule.
The flag of Bill Meyer, Sr. was flown this season for the first time.
Raise the Flag: Bob Young, USAF; Memorial Day protocols, 7 AM, raise the flag, then lower to half staff; 12 noon, raise the flag to full staff.
12 noon, raise the flag of John Hormell, USN
10 AM, honor the flag of Billy Clarkson, USMC, raise the flag of Bill Meyer, Sr., USA
12 noon, raise the flag of Bill Jackson, USA
12 noon, raise the flag of Marcia Drescher, USA
7 PM, retreat the flag of Marcia Drescher, USA, end of season ceremony.
Veterans Day Ceremony, honor the flag of Fred Fischer, USA, dawn to dusk.