The Town of Bel Air will be celebrating Flag Day on Saturday, June 2, at 8 a.m. at the William A. Humbert Amphitheater in Shamrock Park.
Traditionally, Flag Day is recognized on June 14; however, the town coordinates the scheduling of this ceremony with Bel Air High School's band and chorus to ensure the event does not interfere with their end of year studies and final exams.
Retired Army Col. John F. Kutcher will be the featured speaker and County Councilman Jim McMahan will be the master of ceremonies.
Kutcher is a veteran who served more than 37 years in the Army and Maryland National Guard. During his military career, he served in infantry, aviation and signal units and his national guard work focused on joint military operations and training. As a civilian, Kutcher served as the airlift manager and Chief of the Air National Guard Operations Center at Andrews Air Force Base. Upon assignment to the Pentagon and Joint Readiness Centers in Arlington, Va., his expertise shifted to domestic and international emergency management and disaster relief planning and operations.
Kutcher is a graduate of numerous military service schools, including the U.S. Army Infantry and Signal Advanced Courses, the U.S. Air Force Combat Operations and Battle Staff College and the National Defense University, National Security Course.
Since his dual retirement as an Army officer and an Air Force civilian in 1999, he has remained active in many veterans' service organizations. In addition to the American Legion and the National Guard Bureau Alumni Association, he is the past secretary-general and past Maryland commander of the Military Order of Foreign Wars and the national vice commander of the 29th Division Association. On Defender's Day, Sept. 12 this year, Kutcher will complete 50 years of faithful, dedicated service to his state and nation.
In addition to the keynote address from Kutcher, the Flag Day Ceremony will feature the poem "Our Flag" recited by author Sgt. Samuel B. Fielder, a veteran of the Korean War. The Bel Air High School Band and Chorus will performing a variety of patriotic musical selections. This event is free and open to the public.