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CAP Squadrons Support WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival

CAP cadets do crowd marshalling
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Apex Cadet Squadron cadets marshal the crowd at the WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival on 28 MAY 2016. Photo Credit: 2dLt Lynne Albert, NCWG PAO (click image to view full size)
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Multiple squadrons assist during the Memorial Day weekend


CAP members from the Apex Cadet Squadron and the Orange County Composite Squadron supported the 2016 WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival in Fuquay-Varina, NC, over the Memorial Day weekend.

During the festival, CAP members did crowd control, vehicle marshalling and guarded the “Field of Flags” Veterans’ Memorial.  Two cadets continuously patrolled the Field of Flags every hour, including all during the night on Friday night. 

Capt Joshua Waters, Deputy Commander of Cadets for the Apex Cadet Squadron, stated that, “we’ve been able to get CAP’s name out to festival-goers and tell them about the Apex Cadet Squadron.”  He noted that the uniformed CAP members had had dozens of inquiries from the public about CAP and its’ missions.

Ms. Julia Zeigler, the festival’s Volunteer Coordinator, was effusive in her praise of CAP and its’ members.  “We just can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done this weekend!  Please come back next year!”

Capt Ron Long, DCC of the Orange County Comp Squadron, said “watching the balloons launch is amazing!  I’m so proud that CAP is a part of this patriotic event.”