Flag ceremony to honor service men and women
Retired Navy Rear Admiral William L. Schachte will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 Massing of the Colors ceremony in honor of military service members who have died in service to their country and of the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces.
The General Westmoreland Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) will conduct the annual Massing of the Colors at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 7 in Summerall Chapel at The Citadel.
The ceremony is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to arrive by 2:45 p.m. Free parking is available on The Citadel campus.
The General Westmoreland MOWW Chapter has invited area ROTC and JROTC units, active duty, retired military personnel, civic organizations and youth groups, including the Navy League Sea Cadets, and Boy and Girl Scouts of the Lowcountry.
Schachte was commissioned after graduating from Officer Candidates' School, initially serving as a surface warfare officer. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam where he was a SWIFT Boat officer and later served as executive/operations officer for Coastal Division Fourteen.
Schachte received a law degree from the University of South Carolina under a Navy program and transferred to the JAG Corps. He went on to earn a Master of Laws degree (with highest honors) in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University Law School. He served in a number of JAG assignments, primarily in the Pentagon. He also served as commander of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, commander of Naval Legal Service Command and as acting judge advocate general of the Navy.
Following his retirement from the military in September 1993, Schachte worked as a consultant to a dot.com provider, as well as various environmental, construction and engineering corporations. He also served as counsel to the Charleston office of Nexsen Pruet, and is currently of counsel to Blank Rome, a national law firm. He is a recognized authority on the international law of the sea, having served as the Department of Defense representative for Ocean Affairs, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, and participated in Brookings Institute panels on this subject.
The Massing of Colors ceremony is dedicated to the memory of military service members who have given their lives to preserve American liberties. It also honors those who have served, and those who are serving to ensure continued freedom and tjhe preservation of American military heritage.