In the first performance, the Drill Team, commanded by Kyndal Olander, marched during the ceremony and parade honoring Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell as the namesake for the new Bayway Bridge in Treasure Island. CSM Littrell asked the Drill Team to present and carry his Medal of Honor flag at the ceremony and in the parade over the bridge. During the ceremony, CSM Littrell thanked and recognized our Admiral Farragut Academy Exhibition Drill Team & Honor Guard, as did Master of Ceremonies, Colonel Greiger, and St. Pete Beach Mayor Lowe.
“Carrying Command Sergeant Major Littrell’s Medal of Honor flag was the greatest honor of my life,” Kyndal said. “To meet him and talk with him and then to march with him carrying his flag is a life changing experience.”
During the dedication ceremony, the US Special Operations Command Rappel Team descended the bridge with a giant American Flag during the playing of the National Anthem. Following the ceremony, the US Central Command Joint Services Color Guard led the parade over the bridge, followed by CSM Littrell and Mayor Lowe.
“Being a part of the Medal of Honor Ceremony and parade with Command Sergeant Major Littrell makes this the best spring break ever,” Drill Team member Michael Cooney said.
Drill Team member Josh Fixler said: “There is nothing I could ever do on spring break that is better than this. I marched in our Drill Team Honor Guard with a Medal of Honor recipient and we carried his flag. I will remember this day for the rest of my life.”