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Passing the flag

June 21, 2010

The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia. At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit. To this flag and its commander, the soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust.  When a change of command was to take place, the flag was passed to the individual assuming the command. This gesture was accomplished in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who held the flag also held the soldier’s allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history. 

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  1. June 21, 2010 8:56 pm

    Melissa,
    I so loved Chris’s speech and all the pictures. You have a beautiful family.
    I miss you all so much and look forward to the day that we can see each other again. Much love, Mary & Mike

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