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1st Brigade Combat Team - Bandits Raise Flag at Graceland's Military Appreciation Day

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1st Brigade Combat Team - Bandits Raise Flag at Graceland's Military Appreciation Day

April 07, 2018

Ten Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently raised the American flag for Graceland’s commemoration ceremony on the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s entry into the Army.

Presley served with the Fort Campbell squadron’s predecessor, 1st Battalion, 32nd Armored Regiment, 1958-1960.

The Bandits of the 1-32nd Cav. Regt. are proud to be so closely connected to Elvis through their Army service and enjoyed sharing the experience with military veterans.

“[The event] showed the history of a legend and the unit,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Taylor, a section leader in B Troop, 1-32nd Cav. Regt. “The flag raising was the best part. It was an honor to do something in memory of a veteran and for the veterans that showed up.”

The March 24 event gave Bandit Soldiers a chance to learn more about their unit’s history, Elvis’ service and meet other veterans who attended the ceremony. They also had the opportunity to tour the newly-expanded Private Presley exhibit at Elvis Presley's Memphis at Graceland.

Bandit Troopers understand and appreciate the impact their role in the ceremony at Graceland had on the community, said Spc. Shawn Higgins, a driver B Troop, 1-32nd Cav. Regt. The Bandits are proud of their military history, of Elvis’ service in its predecessor unit, and to be part of events that reach out to the local community, especially its veterans

“[The] 1-32th Cav. [Regt.] and every unit should support and continue to pay homage to past Soldiers,” said Spc. Zinasia Woolfolk, a culinary specialist for D Troop, 1-32th Cav. Regt.

Learn more about the 1-32th Cav here
, and click here to see a photo gallery from Graceland's military appreciation day.