Every day at 5pm, since the park opened in 1971, the Magic Kingdom has done a flag retreat ceremony at the flag pole on the end of Main Street near the train station. I had learned about this event a few years ago but had never managed to attend. This past May, during my solo visit, I made it a point to experience the ceremony. I was a little shocked by the small size of the crowd that assembled but happy to be able to get a great vantage point to take pictures. You can not help but get emotional experiencing this ceremony and it is one event at the Magic Kingdom I am going to tell everyone they should not miss.
I wish I could provide more details about the veteran who participated on May 17th, 2012 but I got so caught up in the moment I was barely able to get the pictures I wanted. I also felt I should not be snapping away during the Pledge of Allegiance or the playing of the Star Spangled Banner while the flag was lowered. Maybe the next time I'll pick a different vantage point so I won't feel weird taking pictures while these portions of the event are occurring.
|The Dapper Dans before the ceremony|
|Playing America the Beautiful|
|Just as the flag was to be lowered|
|The presentation of the flag|