Grand Slam Wing observes Memorial Day

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

5/28/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — U.S. and coalition forces deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing came together May 27 here during a Memorial Day retreat ceremony at Memorial Plaza.

The ceremony included a few words from the 379th AEW commander, Brig. Gen. Roger H. Watkins, an invocation and prayer by the wing chaplain, Col. Bruce Glover, and taps played by Chaplain (Capt.) James Bastian.

Military retreat ceremonies serve a twofold purpose: to signal the end of the official duty day and to pay respect to the American flag. Retreat was first used by the French Army and dates back to the Crusades.

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