Fort Lewis, WA — The annual Massing of the Colors ceremony at Fort Lewis will be conducted on Sunday, March 8, starting at 3 p.m. in Soldier’s Field House.
This colorful and dramatic ceremony is a Fort Lewis tradition that brings more than 100 different flags and organizational colors together to commemorate those patriots who have served our country, those currently serving, and those who will defend the nation in the future.
The I Corps Band will provide military music as patriotic organizations representing various Veterans groups, fraternal organizations, and area civic and youth organizations carry the American Flag and their organizational colors and banners into the field house and assemble in one large formation for a massive patriotic display. Command Sergeant Major retired John Lee, Director Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is the guest speaker.
As agency director, his responsibilities include advocacy and outreach for the state’s more than 670,000 veterans and their families, as well as overseeing three veterans homes throughout the state. A native of West Virginia, Lee entered the U.S. Army in 1968, and spent the next 21 years serving in the Army’s Infantry.
The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes, and the event is open to the public. People wishing to attend should access Fort Lewis and process through the Welcome Center located before the Liberty Gate (Main Gate) by taking I-5 to Exit 122. Drivers must present a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance and passengers over age 16 must present a picture ID.