Centennial Flag Raising Ceremony, Jan 29, 1963 [video]


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Ed Drew;Jan Eaton;Robert Cabral;Thomas Taylor;David Crarreau;Gertrude Hochberg;Kathleen O’Hara;Daniel W. O”Connell;William Word;Robert W. Hathaway;E. Gardner Jacobs;George A. Richards;M. Helen Goff

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The raising of the Centennial flag on Tuesday, January 29, 1963 at noon signified the beginning of Bryant's 100th year celebration. The program began with a student procession led by Bryant cheerleaders and ended at the flagpole in front of Memorial Hall. The following is a scene-by-scene description of this silent film:
Film begins with Ed Drew and his band (Ed Drew and his Orchestra had played at various Bryant events over the years)
Bryant Cheerleaders (actually led the parade not the band). Tall blond cheerleader is Sue Smith. Followed by thePep Squad.
Color Guard - Jan Eaton (Pep Club), Robert Cabral (holding American Flag), Thomas Taylor (holding state flag), David Crarreau (holding new Bryant flag)
Bryant Public Relations Director, Gertrude Hochberg, below photographer on wall. Building in background is Jacobs Hall.
Truck “Miller Produce and Frozen Foods”
South Hall Driveway
4 coeds
Policeman. Procession crossing Hope Street.
"Welcome Freshman" banner above South Hall Archway. Procession proceeds on Old Orchard Avenue. Some people are wearing armbands. 2 cars parked on street.
Platform party is on the back porch of Eldridge Hall located at 79 Charlesfield St., Providence, RI
Alpha Theta Chi banner with Memorial Hall in background
Bryant Centennial Flag bearer is Captain of the Pep Club, Kathleen O’Hara ’63 (Legal Secretarial Major from Danbury, CT). She is escorted by the President of the Greek Letter Council, Daniel W. O”Connell ‘ 63 (Management Major from Fall River, MA), and Student Senate President, William Word ’63 (Marketing Major from Waterbury CT). Flag is raised by O’Connell, with assistance from Word and Robert W. Hathaway (Director of Student Activities)
Bryant President E. Gardner Jacobs speaking
George A. Richards (Master of Ceremonies and Professor of Salemanship and Advertising) wearing glasses and hat introduces 90 year old Mrs. M. Helen Goff of Pawtucket, Class of 1891 and oldest living graduate at this time.
O’Connell (student with ring) applauding
Goff reciting the poem “Toast to the Flag”
Film ends.