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color guard

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
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every one of our color-guard, composed of a corporal from each company, had been shot down before the battle was over.

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

  • If either sergeant became disabled the nearest corporal took the colors, and so on until the color-guard were down.

    War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • One result of the recent battle was the depletion of the color-guard.

    Company G A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
  • These colors were carried by two color-sergeants, protected by six color-corporals, which made up the color-guard.

    War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • 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
  • At this moment the color-guard marched up to receive the regimental flags.

  • How thrilling, how hopeful, was the cheer which rolled off among the hills, as the color-guard took its trust!

    The Seventh Regiment George L. Wood
  • Just before reaching it the last of the color-guard was shot, and the flag fell in the open.

  • In the meantime one of the corporals of the color-guard was killed and a lieutenant was wounded in the hand.

    Company G A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow

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