A 40-Year Tradition, One Sunset at a Time

Marvin Hume helps lower the flag at Sunset Beach in Cape May, NJ.

Over 40 years ago, World War II veteran Martin Hume, 93, had friends in mind when he came up with the idea for a nightly flag ceremony. It was the start of a seasonal New Jersey tradition that continues to this day. It kicks off over Memorial Day weekend.

"I wanted to honor two of my best friends that I lost at Pearl Harbor," Hume said. 

The ceremony is held on Sunset Beach in Cape May, N.J., beginning 30 minutes before sunset. It runs every evening through September.