THE FLAG CEREMONY
CELEBRATING JULY 4TH IN COSTA RICA

The highlight of each year's picnic is the Flag Raising Ceremony. All activities on the site pause at 10:00 a.m., as uniformed members of the United States Marine Corps carry a folded flag though the assembled crowd and then solemnly raise and salute Old Glory.

US citizens and their family members - from war veterans to children just learning how to properly pledge allegiance - gather to participate in the ceremony, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and hearing the national anthems of both the United States of America and Costa Rica played by the University of Costa Rica Symphonic Band.

The ceremony concludes with the introduction of dignitaries and other honored guests and the reading of special Independence Day Greetings from the US Ambassador and from the President of the United States.
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    • Teach Your Children WellChildren of US citizens learn flag protocal at the July 4 picnic in Costa Rica
    • Picnic Guests at the Independence Day Flag Ceremony in Costa Rica
    • US Marines parade the flag during the July 4th picnic in Costa Rica
    • Special Guest US Ambassador Mark Langdale (2006)US Ambassador to Costa Rica Mark Langdale at the Independence Day picnic
    • US Ambasador Peter Cianchette at the Independence Day picnic in Costa Rica
    • University of Costa Rica Symphonic Band and Maestro Juan Manuel AranaUniversity of Costa Rica Symphonic Band performs at the Independence Day picnic
    • Special guest US Ambasador Peter Cianchette and family (2008)US Ambasador to Costa Rica Peter Cianchette at the July 4th picnic
    • US Ambasador Peter Cianchette (2008)US
    • Honored guests Costa Rican Minister of Public Security Janina del Vecchio and senior members of the Ministry (2009)Members of the Costa Rica Public Security ministry at the July 4th picnic
    • Peter M Brennan, Chargé d’Affaires, US Embassy in Costa RicaPeter Brennan from the US Embassy at the July 4th picnic in Costa Rica
    • US Marines at the July 4th picnic in Costa Rica
    • A Marine carries the flag US at the July 4th picnic in Costa Rica
    • A Marine salutes the flag US at the July 4th picnic in Costa Rica
    • The American flag flies over the grounds of the Independence Day Picnic in Costa Rica
    • US Ambasador Anne Slaughter Andrew (2012)


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