A tradition that began in 2010, Dixie State has hosted this solemn patriotic event each September in remembrance of the events of 9/11. Dixie’s Army ROTC will be joined at the ceremony by representatives from the St. George American Legion Post 90, and members of Chapter 961 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
The ceremony will begin with the DSU Army ROTC taking down and paying tribute to the flag that has flown in front of the Cox Auditorium for the past year, and will raise a new flag in its place. The DSU cadets will also perform a seven-gun salute, followed by the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, which will conclude the ceremony.
The ROTC will retire several other American flags that have flown on Dixie’s campus as part of the ceremony. Community members are also invited to bring tattered and worn flags for retirement and disposal, which will be handled by the American Legion Post 90. The public can drop off flags at the DSU Army ROTC Building, located on 800 East just south of the Burns Arena. Flags will also be accepted prior to the ceremony.
Dixie State’s Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program was established in the fall of 2007. DSU's ROTC program is a reserve branch of Southern Utah University's program, which both run through the Utah National Guard. In addition, both DSU and SUU programs are affiliated with the active-duty ROTC program at Brigham Young University.
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program is a college-based, officer-commissioning program. It is designed as a college elective course that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning and professional ethics. Army ROTC units are organized as brigades and battalions.