PROMOTING & PRESERVING OUR AMERICAN HERITAGE
& CHANGING THE WORLD IN A CIVILIZED MANNER
What is the Color Guard
Defending The Colors
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.
Above: 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.
Left: Members of the COSSAR Color Guard at 122nd Congress in Phoenix, AZ
Right: 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.
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.
Moment of Reflection
Preparation for the 21 Gun Salute
Moment of Reflection
We work closely with our communities to keep alive the
Patriotic ideals for our ancestors who fought and died in the American Revolution.
What we do in the Guard
The COSSAR Color Guards' primary duty involves Posting the Colors at SAR events when requested.
We strive to perform Honor Guards to pay tribute to compatriots at Memorial Services.
We also are involved with Community Out-Reach events such as:
Posting the Colors for Special & Patriotic Public Events
Conducting Retiring Ceremonies for the National Flag (including performing the 13 folds)
Participating in Living History Programs
We strongly believe these events allow the public to much more vividly experience what it was like living during the American Revolution. We give thanks that we live in the land of the free they provided us.