Concert on the Avenue

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.

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In addition to the state flags, there is the traditional presentation of the U.S. flag marching up the center aisle.

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Concert on the Avenue”

  1. Thank you for posting these incredible images. I am the Commanding Officer of the US Navy Ceremonial Guard (the Sailors carrying the flags). I’m also the one with the sword in your photos 😉

    With your permission, I would like to share these photos with the Sailors featured in them. Thank you again and have a nice day.

    Regards,
    CDR Ronel Reyes

    1. Please feel free to use these photos in any way you want. I’ve also posted the high-res versions of the photos in Google Drive if it is easier for you to get them from there. Thank you so much for your service – it’s a honor to get to see the ceremony.

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