The Civil Air Patrol cadet honor guard from SRQ Composite Squadron performed the inaugural posting of the colors during a dedication ceremony for the new Elks Lodge 2855 located in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
The cadetís precision, dedication and solemnity impressed the two hundred Elks members that attended the event according to Capt. AnnMarie Kozloski, Deputy Commander of Cadets, FL044, The cadets also posted the colors inside the new lodge and demonstrated a flag-folding ceremony.
The event included a luncheon in support of the Elks Army of Hope program which provides support for the military families left behind when reservists and members of the National Guard are called to active duty.
ďThe cadets enjoyed a satisfying lunch and musical entertainment provided by the Elks members,Ē said Koslozski. ďThe Civil Air Patrol and the Elks organization share a dedication to our youth, volunteerism and honoring the service of our citizens.Ē
The cadetís participation was recognized by Col. Benjamin M. Knisely USA(ret.) who thanked each cadet individually on behalf of the lodge members. The cadet color guard consisted of C/CMSgt Colon, C/SrA Hartshorn, C/SrA Nepomuseno-Grez and C/A1C Miguel.
Capt. Peter Leckband, Commander; Capt. James Ray Deer, Deputy Commander of Seniors; and Capt. AnnMarie Kozloski, Deputy Commander of Cadets, all from SRQ Composite Squadron provided support and supervised the cadetís preparation for this activity.