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Flags Over UTSA

October 1, 2012

Beside the concrete walkway that separates John Peace Library and the Arts Building stand two flag poles that each day solemnly fly the U.S. and Texas flags. Twenty five years ago on September 7th, 1977, two years after the opening of the UTSA campus, there was a modest gathering commemorating the first flag raising ceremony at the university. Sally Cody, a sophomore and cadet in the newly-formed UTSA ROTC, along with a student from the St. Mary’s University ROTC raised the U.S. and Texas flags, while the 1st Calvary Division Band from Ft. Hood, Texas played the National Anthem and “Texas Our Texas.”

Vice President for Administration, Tomás Rivera, gave a short speech to mark the occasion commenting that “we have an ultimate symbol in our flags. They do not stand for rulers, gods, war, generals, armies, but for our ideals. Our ceremony today signals yet another first for our institution. The state and national flags are now unfurled for the first time. They are now visible. For most of us, I am sure, they have always been there.”[1]

[1] “First Flags Raised,” UTSA Bulletin, Vol. 5, No. 10, September 1977.

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