Flag Raising Ceremonies
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, Marshall Hampton, Gordon Higgins, Ian Hurd, Joe Laffler, John Mennell, Carl Muckler, 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 an ROTC candidate and in the Missouri National Guard. Chuck Bryant has been the Chautauqua Veterans Flag Detail leader since its inception in 2004.
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.
Raise the Flag: Bill Meyer, USA; 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 Gary Cooper, USA
July 3 (tentative)
11 AM, honor the flag of Billy Clarkson, USMC, raise the flag of Emmett Drescher and Marcia Drescher, USA
12 noon, raise the flag of William Grundmann, Sr., USA; honor the flag of William Grundmann, Jr., USA
August 15 or 22
12 noon, raise the flag of William Colbert, USA
7 PM, retreat the flag of William Colbert, USA, end of season ceremony.
Veterans Day Ceremony, honor the flag of Jerome Podesva, USN, dawn to dusk.
Previous Season Ceremonies
To see a list of Flag Raising Ceremonies from previous seasons, click here.