Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Color Guard Question
Re: Color Guard Question
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 08:58:29 -0400
The basic military color guard consists of two rifle bearers and two flag
bearers (one for the National Ensign and one for the Organizational Ensign).
When the colors are brought forward for the rendering of honors, the rifle
bearers present arms and the bearer of the Organizational Ensign dips it.
The bearer of the National Ensign keeps his flag upright.
For a Boy Scout color guard, it should work the same way. Since our Scouts
won't be bearing arms, the unarmed "guards" would render the salute (which
is really what presenting arms is). They do NOT leave formation to do this.
It may seem odd for them to salute straight ahead when the flag is to their
side, but it is the way it is done. The boy with the troop flag (the
Organizational Ensign) would dip it and the boy with the National Ensign
would stand tall with the flag doing the same. Those who find the "guards"
superfluous can use only the color bearers, but the troop flag would still
Many people will have the colors posted before honors are rendered. While
no one will be arrested for this, it is quite improper. Honors should be
rendered and then the flags posted.
Hope this is helpful.
ASM, Troop 381