Color Guard

The Virginia SAR Color Guard serves the society at several events over the year.  These may be at the national, state, or chapter level.  The color guard is comprised of volunteers who wear either Continental Line or militia uniforms from the Revolutionary War era.  Members of their respective chapter color guards are also members of the State and National Color Guard.

The Guard has its own section in the Virginia Dispatch, accessed at the following link:

Subsections include:

  • The Color Guard (which includes instructions on how to join the Guard)
  • Event Schedule (a list of scheduled events, and participating Guardsmen)
  • Requesting Guard Support (standard  request form)
  • Messages to the Guard (formal communications to the Guard)
  • Resources (the draft VASSAR Color Guard Handbook and other key references, like the U.S. Army’s Drill and Ceremonies Manual)
  • Color Guard archives (a useful record of Guard activities over the past few years)

Compatriots who wish to join the Guard can find out additional information and points of contact on this webpage.  Generally, the first place to inquire is the chapter color guard.  If the chapter does not have a color guard, then the Guard’s webpage provides additional information.

The Guard is led by a Commander appointed by the President of the Virginia SAR and is organized into four regions: Northern Virginia, Eastern Virginia, Central Virginia, and Southwestern Virginia, each has a Regional Color Guard Vice Commander responsible for SAR color guard activities within their assigned areas.

The Official Handbook of the Virginia SAR notes the responsibilities of the Virginia Color Guard Committee, which is chaired by the Color Guard Commander.  These include organizing the Virginia SAR Color Guard; encouraging the creation of chapter color guards; scheduling participation by the Virginia S.A.R. Color Guard at chapter, state, regional or national events; and determining eligibility requirements for Bronze and Silver Color Guard Medals.

If you are interested in becoming a Guardsman, you should first inquire first with your chapter’s color guard.  If your chapter does not have a color guard, then contact the appropriate regional Vice Commander.