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Flag Day 2011
US Army 236th birthday
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - June 14, 2011

The Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County presented a special event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Along with a Flag Day celebration they honored the US Army on its 236th birthday and also held a Naturalization Ceremony for new US citizens.

The event began with the introduction by Garry Rezabek, SFC Ret. US Army of the day's Master of Ceremonies: William Willoughby, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

Garry Rezabek, SFC Ret. US Army

Garry Rezabek, SFC Ret. US Army



(Please excuse the wind noise in places in the videos)

William Willoughby, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

William Willoughby, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

Stage at Flag Day in Cleveland

The Posting of Colors was by the US Army Recruiting Battalion.

Posting of Colors by the US Army Recruiting Battalion

US Army Recruiting Battalion


The Sons of the American Revolution also marched in as the Flag was presented.

Sons of the American Revolution

Sons of the American Revolution


Then the the National Anthem was sung by Lisa Padro-Baire.

National Anthem sung by Lisa Padro-Baire

National Anthem sung by Lisa Padro-Baire



Reverend George Hankins, Chaplain VA Medical Center gave the invocation.

Reverend George Hankins, Chaplain VA Medical Center

Reverend George Hankins, Chaplain VA Medical Center


Rimantas Ray Saikus, President of the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County, spoke of his own personal experience with citizenship as a "citizen by choice.'

Rimantas Ray Saikus, President of the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County

Rimantas Ray Saikus, President of the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County



Jim Quisenberry, Past-President of the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County, reads 'Our Flag Remembered'

Jim Quisenberry, Past-President of the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County

Jim Quisenberry, Past-President of the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County



Lisa Padro-Baire sang America the Beautiful.



John Cimperman of The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve gave Flag Day greetings and talked about General George Washington.

John Cimperman of The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve

John Cimperman of The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve



Sergeant Eddie Horne and Sergeant Johanna Wright were named Newton D. Baker Greater Cleveland Chapter of Association of the US Army Soldiers of the Year.

Sergeant Eddie Horne and Sergeant Johanna Wright

Soldiers of the Year



Sergeant Eddie Horne and Sergeant Johanna Wright

Sergeant Eddie Horne and Sergeant Johanna Wright


Lt Col Patrick Powers, Commanding Officer of the US Army Recruiting Battalion in Cleveland, spoke about the community covenant. He was joined by Cuyahoga County council members C. Ellen Connally and Jack Schron.

Lt Col Patrick Powers, Commanding Officer of the US Army Recruiting Battalion in Cleveland

Lt Col Patrick Powers, Commanding Officer of the US Army Recruiting Battalion in Cleveland



Jack Schron, C Ellen Connally and Lt Col Patrick Powers

Jack Schron, C Ellen Connally and Lt Col Patrick Powers

Lt Colonel Powers also thanked the Rock Hall with special plaques for Ruthie Brown and Stefanie Bitto.

Ruthie Brown and Stefanie Bitto of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ruthie Brown and Stefanie Bitto


Judge Christopher Boyko spoke about the US Flag and invited 2 members of the audience up to tell what the Flag means to them.

Judge Christopher Boyko



What the flag means to her

Judge Boyko then told a personal story of how his grandmother sent all 5 of her sons overseas to fight for the US in World War II.

Judge Christopher Boyko

Judge Christopher Boyko



After the Naturalization Ceremony, Judge Boyko read 'My Creed.'

Naturalization Ceremony at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Naturalization Ceremony - Swearing in of new citizens



After the Blessing of American Flags by Chaplain George Hankins, Lisa Padro-Baire sang God Bless America. The Sons of the American Revolution retired the Colors.

Sons of the American Revolution

A birthday cake celebrating the US Army's big day was cut - with an Army saber of course.

US Army Birthday Cake


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