Color Guard


The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post  5855 is very proud of the tradition and history of its Color Guard. In the military of the United States, the Color Guard carries the National Colors and other flags appropriate to their position in the chain of command. Typically these include a unit flag and a departmental flag (Army, Marines, Navy, or Air Force). In addition to the flag bearers, who are positioned in the center of the color guard, there are two individuals who carry rifles to guard the colors.

            Since early history, flags and banners have been used by armies in battle. They served several purposes: to identify units, for signaling and to be a common point of reference for the movements of the soldiers in the unit, enabling them to keep formation. The flag was also a symbol of the unit. The loss of a unit’s flag was not only shameful, but losing this central point of reference could make the unit break up. To protect the flag, a detachment of soldiers was assigned to guard the flag.

Veteran’s Funerals: When called upon, the VFW Post Color Guard assists veteran’s funerals. They provide a full range of funeral services as prescribed by VFW Ritual. They fire a three volley gun salute, fold and present the US flag to bereaved relatives, and they perform taps. They do this for any veteran.