Satellite Beach boasts special Flag Day tradition


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There are many traditions around Brevard County to highlight this Flag Day, but one that has a rich history and legacy is the Satellite Beach tradition of the 21-Day Flag Salute.

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Our national symbol of freedom and bravery is proudly displayed across our country every day.

We wear it on our clothes, hang it from flagpoles outside of homes and public buildings and pledge allegiance to it every day as school children.

The American flag has become a symbol synonymous with American values across the globe, and on June 14 we celebrate the flag we love for Flag Day. There are many traditions around Brevard County to highlight this holiday, but one that has a rich history and legacy is the Satellite Beach tradition of the 21-Day Flag Salute.

This tradition begins with Brevard’s own Kathleen “Scotty” Culp. This flag salute started 31 years ago and continues today at The Scotty Culp Municipal Complex.

Volunteers raise the flags every day starting on Flag Day and ending on Independence Day as 47 flags join the three permanently placed flags on the property to represent all 50 states.

At 7:30 each morning, volunteers raise all 47 flags of the salute and retire them at 5:30 p.m. This process takes about 15 minutes and at least six volunteers are involved. The first Flag Salute was conducted in 1987, but it is only one of the many ventures Culp achieved during her years of service to the beach community.

Culp was a crossing guard for Satellite Beach Elementary School and a member of the Beautification Board for 25 years. In 1996, she carried the Olympic torch along A1A. She also was a U.S. Navy veteran. She achieved all of this before passing at the age of 91 in 2013.

Due to her tremendous efforts in Satellite Beach, she was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2017. Her son, Ron, accepted the award on her behalf.

In an article for the Beachcaster, Ron Culp wrote this about his mother, “Scotty passed away in 2013 and has been dearly missed, but will never be forgotten. To learn more about Scotty and read about her many endeavors, come to City Hall and see the displays inside the lobby dedicated to her.”

So on June 14 not only do we pay our respects to our Grand Ol’ Flag, but we can use this time to remember those who have worked tirelessly to build community changing programs like Culp did during her lifetime.

Learn more about this tradition and to see the beautiful display running from June 14 to July 4, by visiting Satellite Beach City Hall at The Scotty Culp Municipal Complex.