Auxiliarists Practice for the Memorial Day Parade

Friday, May 30, 2014

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The Division 12 parade team proudly represented the USCG and the Auxiliary during the Memorial Day Parade. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Joan Bier.

The USCG Auxiliary parade team proudly represented the USCG and the Auxiliary during the Memorial Day Parade in New York. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Joan Bier.

Queens, New York –  Auxiliarists represented the U.S. Coast Guard and the Auxiliary by marching and presenting the colors in the Little Neck-Douglaston Parade, advertised as one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the country.

Marching in step in a large group presents a professional appearance. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Joan Bier

Marching in step presents a professional appearance. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Joan Bier

Article by James Chin, National Staff – New Media Branch Assistant

Having the Parade Team march in line with the Armed Forces was a result of over a month of training, planning, and logistics led by Auxiliarists Luis Rodriguez,  Public Affairs Officer, and James Chin, assistant team leader, with the support of USCG Sector New York.  USCG Chief Josh Dore of Sector New York gave the parade team vital help with advice, training videos, and color guard equipment.

Division 12 Auxiliarists practice in a route full of hills at Fort Totten. Photo by Auxiliarist John Britt.

Division 12 Auxiliarists practice in a route full of hills at Fort Totten. USCG Auxiliary Photo by John Britt.

The team borrowed flag poles, flag harnesses, and ceremonial rifles from Sector New York to present a professional appearance. Not many USCG Auxiliary Color Guards know that their outdoor flag poles should be nine and a half feet or that the flag ornament should normally be a battle axe.   However, just having the right equipment is not enough for a proper parade march.

 The Division 12 Color Guard team consists of Auxiliarist James Chin, USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Tshai Stephenson, Auxiliarist Lorrie Bier, and Auxiliarist Daniella Garrisi.(Left to Right). Photo by Auxiliarist John Britt.


The Color Guard team consists of Auxiliarist James Chin, USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Tshai Stephenson (also an Auxiliarist), Auxiliarist Lorrie Bier, and Auxiliarist Daniella Garrisi.(Left to Right). USCG Auxiliary Photo by John Britt.

The Auxiliary team trained weekly at Fort Totten to ensure that they could march in step and know basic marching commands. This was especially important for the color guard since there were additional protocols to handling a flag and rifle. The ceremonial M-1 Garands used by the Auxiliary team were hefty due to their barrels being filled with lead.  It was estimated that each weighed over 11 pounds.

Auxiliarists James Chin and Daniella Garrisi practice shoulder arms for the Color Guard at Fort Totten. Photo by Auxiliarist Manny Fuchs.

Auxiliarists James Chin and Daniella Garrisi practice shoulder arms for the Color Guard at Fort Totten. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Manny Fuchs.

As a special surprise to the Auxiliary color guard team, they were chosen to present the colors during the closing ceremony. The Army had brought their band, the Marine Corps brought their rifle volley salute team, and USCG Auxiliary presented the national colors alongside the Auxiliary Ensign in one of the largest Memorial Day Parades in the country. It was truly a day to remember for all involved in honoring our country’s fallen servicemen.

Present colors during the National Anthem. Photos by Joan Bier

The USCG Auxiliary presents the colors during the National Anthem. Photos by Joan Bier

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  1. Hope Wright says:

    Wonderful to see so many Auxiliarists who were able to march in the Little Neck Memorial Day Parade, and especially having our Color Guard looking so professional!! I was in Manhattan for the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Intrepid which included US Navy band, Taps, laying of the wreaths in the Hudson River, the unfurling of the 100′ American flag by members of the Armed Forces, and the US Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration with helo and rescue swimmer from Air Station Atlantic City and press boat from Station New York. It was good to see so many Vets that I know from World War II and Viet Nam. THANKS for everything especially those who Served!

  2. Gene Lindemann says:

    It is refreshing to see young Auxiliarist participating in the

    USCG Auxiliary and doing an outstanding job.

    Semper Paratus, Gene Lindemann


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