- the group of persons, as in the armed forces or at military institutions, who carry or escort the flag or colors during parades, reviews, etc.
Origin of color guard
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for color guard
The regimental flags, with the color-guard, were just abreast of the band.The Deserter, and Other Stories
One result of the recent battle was the depletion of the color-guard.Company G
A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
Meanwhile the colors were down upon the ground several times, but were raised at once by the heroes of the color-guard.Campfire and Battlefield
Just before reaching it the last of the color-guard was shot, and the flag fell in the open.
At this moment the color-guard marched up to receive the regimental flags.History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)
George Washington Williams