Commander, Submarine Group Two

120614-N-TN558-043 NORTH STONINGTON, Conn (June 14, 2012) -
Commander, Submarine Group 2, Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge
addresses the students during a Flag Day celebration at Wheeler
Middle School in North Stonington, Conn. The admiral and Chief
Warrant Officer 4 Jim Chianese were the guest speakers who
encouraged the middle-schoolers to remain true to the flag
and remember what it means to a nation, to the people
that defend it, and to remember those who have gone before
us and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that the flag may still
wave. ( U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
1st Class Jason J. Perry/released)

COMSUBGRU 2 Celebrates Flag Day at Wheeler Middle School in North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. - Commander, Submarine Group 2 spoke at a Flag Day celebration at Wheeler Middle School in North Stonington on June 14.

Nearly 100 middle school students, Wheeler Middle School faculty and community members attended the celebration to pay tribute to Flag Day.

"Flag Day is about who we are as Americans, a symbol of our country," said Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group 2. "This day lets us take a moment to reflect on what it is to be good New Englanders, good American patriots. In each generation the men and women have stood up and answered the call to defend our flag."

During his speech, Breckenridge shared a story of how Francis Scott Key, an attorney, negotiated the exchange of prisoners while aboard a British troopship. Key witnessed the American flag being fired upon while it was flying gallantly over Fort McHenry.

"During the final battle even though every gun was drawn and fired on the flag, it still stood. The guns raged throughout the night and as Key later described the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there," said Breckenridge.

In addition to Breckenridge, Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jim Chianese, naval instructor at Officer Training Command in Newport, Rhode Island also attended and spoke at the Flag Day celebration.