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Veterans Reunite, Attend Flag Retreat Ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

About 60 veterans of the United States Navy destroyer USS John R. Pierce recently joined us at the Walt Disney World Resort for a special reunion. The group not only visited the park but also attended and participated in a flag retreat ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park. One of the veterans, Dick Brennan, helped lower the flag and then carried it down Main Street U.S.A., with other crew members.

Among the other veterans of the USS John R. Pierce attending the reunion was John T. Pierce, son of John R. Pierce, who served on the ship named for his father from 1955 to 1957. The veterans at the ceremony served between 1944-1967. Many stayed to watch that evening’s fireworks.


  • Great ceremony. When did this take place? I was there with my dad, a Vietnam Vet who has only recently embraced his veteran status, 9-15 through 9-23, and we would have loved to have seen this.
    Imagine if we ran into these guys!

  • Hey Thomas – First of all…great covereage of a wonderful ceremony! Second, my daughter is “Audrey from North Carolina” that said the Pledge of Allegience at the ceremony. Do you have any footage of that portion of the ceremony you can share? I provided our contact information in a release form a Disney cast member had me sign after the ceremony. I tried to video but I was so far away it doesn’t capture the magical moment. Our family is so proud of Audrey for having the courage to step up there in front of all those folks. Thank you again for the ceremony…it was awesome!

  • This is a great tradition! Thank you to all who have and are currently continuing to serve our country and thank you Disney for recognizing these men and women!

  • Wonderful! Thank you to all who serve our country & thank you Disney for honoring them. I’ve been fortunate to experience the Flag Retreat in person & look forward to experiencing it again soon.

  • Whenever we are in the MK at the time for flag retreat, we make sure we see it. We didn’t know about it on our first trip and just happened to come through the area as it was starting. Now we never miss it. Thank you for honoring our country and our veterans this way.

  • The perfect tradition! Keep this one alive forever Disney World!

  • Awesome! It is always great to see the Veterans honored at both the Magic Kingdom, and at Disneyland!

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