Lower the Colors

(From left to right) Sgt. 1st Class Susanne Watts salutes while Pfc. Kevin Bell and Spc. Hung Zhang ceremoniously lower the American flag which flies in front of the Vance Nolan Building, headquarters to the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion. The 344th retires the colors everyday during retreat, including weekends. The retreat ceremony serves a twofold purpose. It signals the end of the official duty day and serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the flag. 

When persons not assigned to a formation are outdoors and in uniform, on the first note of retreat, they should face the flag (if visible) or music and assume the position of parade rest.  At the beginning of the national anthem, individuals should stand at attention, salute and maintain the salute for the duration of the playing of the national anthem.

(From left to right) Sgt. 1st Class Susanne Watts salutes while Pfc. Kevin Bell and Spc. Hung Zhang ceremoniously lower the American flag which flies in front of the Vance Nolan Building, headquarters to the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion. The 344th retires the colors everyday during retreat, including weekends. The retreat ceremony serves a twofold purpose. It signals the end of the official duty day and serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the flag. When persons not assigned to a formation are outdoors and in uniform, on the first note of retreat, they should face the flag (if visible) or music and assume the position of parade rest. At the beginning of the national anthem, individuals should stand at attention, salute and maintain the salute for the duration of the playing of the national anthem.