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Elite U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division Honored at Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Last night, we recognized the great service and sacrifice of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Unit with a special flag retreat ceremony and march down Main Street U.S.A at Magic Kingdom Park.

Veterans representing those who served in uniform from WWII until today’s conflicts in the Middle East were honored at the ceremony, which also included musical performances by the 82nd Airborne 16-member chorus and brass quintet band. If you weren’t able to join us in the park, here’s a look at the ceremony.

The 82nd Airborne Division is an elite airborne infantry division of the United States Army, specializing in parachute assault operations into denied areas. Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division was in Orlando for the 82nd Airborne National Association Convention to commemorate their Centennial year.

As many of our readers know, The Walt Disney Company was founded by two brothers who served their nation in uniform during World War I – and we have a longstanding tradition of supporting the U.S. Armed Forces by hiring, training and supporting military veterans. You can follow along and stay updated on these Disney Parks Blog stories on Twitter with the #DisneySalutes hashtag.


  • My husband served with the 82nd about 25 years ago flying C130’s. Thank you Disney!

  • I wasn’t able to post here earlier, I just want to say this is a beautiful gesture.
    I’m sure it must’ve been so emotional and patriotic to watch and be a part of, thank you Disney for taking time out to honor our true Patriots!

  • I just looked up the history of the deployments for the 82nd. The first words that come to mind are bravery, sacrifice, honor, respect. It’s quite a history. I’m glad some of them were “deployed” to Walt Disney World. I hope they get to enjoy the parks with their families. We thank them and those that came before them as well as their families for their service. 82nd Airborne – All The Way!

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