Jacqueline Allen and Pamela Linsey, two Greater Richmond ARC crew leaders working at the Defense Supply Center-Richmond (DSCR), were recently invited to perform the honors of raising and lowering the American flag each day at the large military base in Chesterfield County.
Previously, the flag had been raised at 5:00 each morning, but base officials decided to make the change to 8:00 a.m. in order to give its employees time to pause in recognition and honor the colors
The making of morning colors and evening colors, a U.S. Navy tradition since 1870, means that the American flag is raised each morning at 8:00 a.m. and lowered each day at dusk regardless of the season and latitude. Patriotic music accompanies the ceremony, which includes the playing of the national anthem in the evening.
Bruce Butcher, public safety office chief, said the change in hours also necessitates a change in personnel for the flag detail. The decision was made to partner with The Greater Richmond ARC to perform the honors.
"ARC is a great organization of professional people who do a wonderful job," said Butcher. "ARC and DSCR are already partners in several ventures on base." Butcher said the flag detail partnership is an excellent match and that DSCR is happy to entrust the patriotic responsibility to ARC employees.
"ARC is excited about having the opportunity to take over the honor of the flag detail," said Ken Proffitt, Greater Richmond ARC's vice president of operations. "We started here about four years ago and now have approximately 50 contract employees at DSCR in various support roles." Proffitt said DSCR knows what a great job employees with disabilities can perform and that "DSCR is super in helping us."
The base police department will retain control of the flag detail, providing oversight and guidance to ARC, said Police Chief Otis Lacy.
Photo: ARC crew leaders Jacqueline Allen (left) and Pamela Linsey raise the flag under the supervision of DSCR Police Training Captain Gary Carpenter. (photo by Jackie Palmer, DSCR)