Venice Cadet Squadron Participates at Memorial Day Ceremony
Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Michael Schultz and Cadet Technical Sergeant Anya Kratz participate in Honor Guard during Memorial Day Ceremony. (photo credit: 1st Lt Robert Salvador, CAP)

By Lt Col Rita Cucchiara, Deputy Commander, Venice Cadet Squadron
Venice, Fla.--

Members of Civil Air Patrol's Venice Cadet Squadron once again supported the Venice Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8118 Memorial Day ceremony at Patriots Park, on 29 May 2017. The Squadron’s newly formed Color Guard proudly marked its’ initial public engagement when it joined the VFW Honor Guard in the event’s opening ceremony. The Squadron also set up a coffee and donut station for the numerous ceremony participants and distributed flags and water to the many members of the community who attended the ceremony.

“We’re excited to finally show the Venice Community our Color Guard,” said Cadet Master Sergeant Michael Schultz, Venice Cadet Squadron Cadet Commander and Color Guard organizer. “I was excited to display the Civil Air Patrol Flag during the ceremony,” added Cadet Technical Sergeant Anya Kratz, a member of the Color Guard team.

Other cadets were equally gratified to be part of the VFW ceremony as they kept the attendees hydrated during the ceremony. “The VFW can always count on us,” responded C/A1C Giovanni Salvador, when asked about CAP’s participation in the ceremony. 

This year marks the 3rd year of the Venice Cadet Squadron’s partnership with the Venice Veterans of Foreign War organization, thanks to the ongoing communications efforts of Major Ted Dodds who serves as the squadron's liaison with the local VFW chapter.

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Reviewed by: Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5
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