A ceremony guaranteed to be emotional, the lowering of the 4th Engineer Battalion flag in Lions Park signals the de-escalation of the Global War on Terrorism.
In a Woodland Park tribute to the region’s soldiers, many of whom have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan three and four times, the ceremony is an opportunity for the community to show its gratitude.
“The last soldiers deployed are coming home the weekend of May 16,” said David Buttery, Woodland Park’s city manager. “The senior leadership of the battalion will come up and, with the community, lower the flag. We’ll store the flag until it’s time to fly it again.”
The ceremony is at 4:30 p.m. May 28 in Lions Park, the physical representation of the partnership between the city and the 4th Engineer Battalion established by proclamation in 1992.
Since that time, the Engineer flag has flown only when soldiers are deployed. “The flag has flown continuously for the past three years,” Buttery said. “This could be the last time they’re in harm’s way. So we want to honor and thank them.”