Lynchburg Composite Squadron Color Guard Team, photo by Lt Sabrena Stickle, CAP

Respect on Display at the Amherst County Christmas Parade

Amherst, VA. This past Friday, December 6th , six outstanding cadets from Lynchburg Composite Squadron were requested to participate in the Amherst County Christmas Parade. Our squadron provided a Colors Element and a banner to represent the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The Colors Element consisted of Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Rylie Stickle as the Right Rifleman, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Zachary Huff as the United States Colors, Cadet Major Christiaan Grutz as the VFW Flag, and Cadet
Second Lieutenant Madalyn Sharp as the Left Rifleman. Cadet Airman First Class Abigail Anderson and Cadet Senior Airman Leland Moore carried the VFW banner, and Second Lieutenant Sabrena Stickle oversaw the team as Officer in Charge.

The Christmas parade was located on Main Street in Amherst County, Virginia. The element marched in the parade while displaying our nation’s colors with the respect and honor they deserve. The Color Guard’s role is to honor not only the flag, but to also show honor to the ones who fought and died for what our flag represents – Freedom.

When asked about her experience with this event, Cadet Lieutenant Sharp responded, “I felt very comfortable working with my team and I really enjoyed and appreciated the unique experience. I would definitely do it again!

Color Guard Commander, Cadet Major Grutz said, “Our team did well! I see improvement as we continue to perform, but there are still areas in which to improve. I see these events as opportunities to perfect our team. I love the constant challenge to improve and I hope to continue serving the
community in this way.”

Cadet Airman Anderson declared, “We made a few mistakes, but it was a really good learning opportunity and overall, our team did really well. The crowd kept cheering and seemed pretty excited. I think they really appreciated us being there!” She continued, “This experience has increased my motivation to continue training with the Color Guard in order to participate in more events like the parade.”

Milton Carson, previous Post 9877 Commander of the VFW expressed, “Our VFW float was directly behind the Civil Air Patrol Guard team and I saw them perform with excellence and professionalism. I heard many people from both the public and members of our association mention how impressed they were with the cadets’ performance.”

Overall, the Christmas Parade and Civil Air Patrol’s part in it was a success. Guard training requires copious amounts of time, professionalism, and dedication, but Lynchburg Composite Squadron will continue to excel with their training and seek more opportunities to serve its local communities.

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Photo No. 1: LynchburgCAP Color Guard Team. Photo by Sabrena Stickle
Photo No. 2: Colors Element ft. Cadet Second Lieutenant Madalyn Sharp. Photo by Sabrena Stickle

Article by Cadet Major Cornelia Fassero, CAP