The Army ROTC practices presenting the U.S., N.C. and Army flags for the upcoming game against East Carolina University. Practice in the Naval Armory on South Columbia Street is rather laid back. No one is in uniform, and mistakes are addressed in a calm, supportive manner. The main focus is presenting the colors and handling the arms with precision, finesse and fluidness.
Practice begins to wind down, and the students walk away with a knowledge of what they need to do to improve their individual presentation. A total of two hours is spent practicing the color presentation each week during football season.
As for the cadets' spirits, they are high in the Army ROTC says Nate Williams, the leader of the presentation. "We always have a lot of patriotism," he says. "But when we see everyone else being patriotic and supporting us, it builds morale."