by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
Yesterday, we commemorated Veterans Day with a special flag retreat ceremony to honor active duty military and veterans at Magic Kingdom Park. And the ceremony was a memorable one as Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. It occurred on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918 — exactly 100 years ago Sunday. This day became known as Veterans Day in 1954.
Our flag retreat ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park is one way Disney thanks veterans for their service, sacrifice and dedication to protecting our country. We host it every day of the year, but on Veterans Day, we take the special opportunity to honor our very own cast members who have served in the military as well.
Two Disney cast members with prior military service were selected by their leaders and peers to be part of the event’s Honor Guard where they received special recognition. This included leading the procession down Main Street U.S.A and receiving U.S. flags which were flown over Magic Kingdom Park in their honor.
Many of our readers know that our company was founded by two brothers who served their nation in uniform during World War I and that strong connection to the armed services continues today. We salute our guests who have served and by hiring, training and supporting military veterans to be part of our cast.