Sheriff's office color guard honors USO event
The (Jacksonville, N.C.) Daily News
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Cadence echoed within the USO of North Carolina Jacksonville as the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office used its color guard for the first time ever during a Thursday afternoon ceremony.
The color guard is comprised of two flag bearers flanked by two deputies executing drill movements with rifles. It will be used during ceremonies, parades and public events, according to Sheriff Ed Brown, who presided over the event.
“Everybody needs a flag to symbolize what they stand for,” said Brown during the ceremony. “This flag is about what the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office stands for … it’s all about making and putting pride into the organization and I’m very proud of these folks in the color guard. It represents us well.”
The sheriff’s office plans to use the color guard as much as possible, said Brown.
“They looked sharp today,” Brown said after the presentation. I can’t explain how proud I am of those young men and women for carrying that flag with honor and dignity.”
After the color guard debut, the USO of North Carolina Jacksonville received a special gift of their own – one that was 37 years in the making.
Decades ago, Walter Scott, of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a Red Cross message to return home while stationed in Germany because his wife had given birth to his daughter prematurely. While flying home over the next few days he ate and slept in USO’s all around the world. Once home, he promised that someday he would repay the USO for how much they helped him.
So he hand crafted a podium and presented it to the USO at the event Thursday afternoon.
“The USO means a great deal to every veteran … they’re there because they care and that means everything to a service member,” Scott said, adding it was “an honor” to put together something for the USO of Jacksonville. “I hope they use it and enjoy it. They give and give and it’s nice to give back.”
Deb Fisher, the director of the USO of North Carolina Jacksonville, was “blown away” when all of the USO’s volunteers were called to front to receive the podium.
“We’ve needed a podium for about three years so getting one was stellar but having it with all the service seals and our logo tells a story of what we do and why we’re here,” Fisher said. “The fact that it was made by hand is just awesome.”