Re: Crossing the Colors
Ernest R. Spradling (102736.1372@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Sun, 22 Oct 1995 12:12:57 EDT
I sure don't remember "crossing the Colors" as any line of demarcation that
resulted in any repurcussions. I remember it as the transition tactic used to
place the American and Unit flags in their proper places on the podium from the
fron of the columns. Let me explain.
In a two- (or greater) column marching formation, whenever the unit flag is
displayed in conjunction with the national flag, the national flag takes the
place of honor, i.e., on the right front, while the unit flag takes the
subordinate position on the left.
As Michael Bowman pointed out earlier, the national flag goes on the speaker's
right. If the scouts are advancing up the center aisle, that means that the
national flag is on the wrong side of the speaker (left side).
Hence, the Crossing of the Colors: the columns advance to the end of the
audience and stop. The national flag moves first, from the right column toward
the speakers right. Once the national flag crosses the unit flag, the unit
standard bearer moving right to the speaker's left. Once both flags are at
their stands, they are posted.
This is the way I remember the troops I was in as a youth doing it, and I see
that the art is not entirely lost in this day and age :)
Hope this helps.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Arrowhead District Simon Kenton Council
(and a good ole Owl, too! SR-5)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City