KITTERY, Me. — The American flag was raised for the last time today at the nation's second-oldest Marine Corps barracks, a victim of expanding global interests after 174 years of defending the New England coastline.
In a small closing ceremony in drizzle this morning, 77 Marines raised the flag on the mall of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and received a send-off from the yard's commander, Navy Capt. Peter Bowman.
The Marines also fired a 21-gun salute and played taps as a war memorial plaque was rededicated to add the Vietnam War.
At sunset, with no fanfare, Marines plan to lower the colors for the last time and turn the duty over to the Navy.