Today, Color Guards are ceremonial, but, as in many of our traditions, its origins were in practical military necessity. The following is a brief, but concise, history of the origins of Color Guards.
During the Revolutionary War, flags, often referred to as "the colors" were of extreme military importance. Placed in the center, the line of battle was formed around them. Through the din and smoke of battle the troops could easily see where they were expected to be. If the colors advanced, they too advanced. If the colors retired, they too retired.
Members of the COSSAR Color Guard at 122nd Congress in Phoenix, AZ
COSSAR sponsored members of Mile High Fife & Drum Corps to play at the 122nd Congress. Click on the photo for a link to their website.
The Color Guard of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution after the Memorial Service of the 122nd National Congress, Sunday July 8, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.
On Flag Day, June 14, 2011 the COSSAR Color Guard participated with the fantastic youth group, Visionheirs for the 100th Anniversary of raising the flag at Genesee Mountain. The commemoration was hosted by the Peace Pipe Chapter of the DAR and Denver Mountain Parks.
Preparation for the 21 Gun Salute
George Washington raises the Flag flown over the US Capitol April 19. 2011 as Daughters of the American Revolution look on.
Moment of Reflection
Firing the 21 Gun Salute
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