Tuesday nights during the summer, the Navy Band performs at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue, in a series they call “Concerts on the Avenue.” One of the highlights of their performances is the fifty-state flag ceremony that opens the concert.
The flag bearers are in two lines, marching together until they split to go around the perimeter circle of the Memorial.
In addition to the state flags, there is the traditional presentation of the U.S. flag marching up the center aisle.
The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed but also formal and inspirational. The flag bearers manage to keep all elements of their uniforms perfect despite soaring heat.