On Thursday, June 4, 2015, Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross and Superintendent Randall Halstead had the distinct honor of participating in the Morning Colors and Cannons Ceremony at the USS Constitution in Charlestown.
The revered military ceremony dating back to 1798 takes place daily at 8:00 AM and sunset. Per tradition, the American flag is raised on Old Ironsides every morning and retired every evening accompanied by the fire of a cannon aboard the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. Chief Gross was honored to fire the cannon that morning and was presented with the 40 millimeter shell casing from his salute. In turn, he and Superintendent Halstead presented Boston Police Department patches and lapel pins to USS Constitution Commander Sean Kearns and his crew of 70 men and women.
Said Chief Gross, “This experience reinforces that we must do all that we can to preserve the traditions of our country and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Thank you to Commander Kearns. Bless you and your crew for protecting our great nation.”