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color guard

  1. 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.
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Origin of color guard

First recorded in 1815–25
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Historical Examples of color guard

  • The regimental flags, with the color-guard, were just abreast of the band.

    The Deserter, and Other Stories

    Harold Frederic

  • 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

    Rossiter Johnson

  • 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.