Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat Ceremony returns to Walt Disney World

23 days ago in "Magic Kingdom"

Posted: Sunday July 4, 2021 9:11am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The daily flag retreat returned to Walt Disney World at the Magic Kingdom July 1, resuming the tradition of selecting an active-duty military member or veteran from among that park’s daily visitors.

The ceremony includes the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the singing of “God Bless America” and the “Star Spangled Banner,” accompanied by the Main Street Philharmonic marching band.

“It has been an honor for our security cast to keep our flag flying every day over Magic Kingdom since the park first opened in 1971,” said Army veteran Eileen Underwood, Magic Kingdom’s senior security manager. “We were thrilled to resume our daily flag retreat ceremonies to honor our country and those who serve around the world in defense of our freedoms. It’s a special moment for all our guests that really reaffirms the feeling that this is truly a magical place.”

The Flat Retreat ceremony typically takes place at 5pm in the Magic Kingdom.