After four or five years of marching under sunny – and frequently cloudy conditions – the sky opened up during the 2015 Auburn Veterans Day Parade and dumped buckets of rain on the Color Guard. Still, it was a grand ole’ time; in spite of the soggy tri-corns and wet shoes. Even the finely attired DAR ladies (Daughters of the American Revolution) braved the weather and turned out in force.
The parade marked the 50th anniversary of Auburn’s veterans day observance. It is the biggest and best veterans day event west of the Mississippi River. As always, thousands of cheering spectators lined the street to honor the veterans. On this occassion, there were 208 marching units – including 30 bands. The SAR Color Guard was #167 in the line-up, so there was plenty of time to cheer on the other participants.
In a remarkable feat, the Washington State SAR Color Guard (along with the contingent of DAR ladies) was awarded the City’s Veterans Award for “Best Non-Motorized” Entry. This outstanding achievement was a group effort, but the presence of the recently formed “Fife and Drum Corps” was a critical factor. Huzzah!
Unlike any other component of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), the Color Guard provides newly inducted SAR members with multiple opportunities and challenges to do something meaningful with those handsome membership-certificates. Besides being a lot of fun, and a great way to form lasting friendships with other compatriots, the Color Guard is an excellent way to become an active participant in fulfilling the over-arching mission of our great organization. After all, where else but the Color Guard would you ever be given the opportunity to march in parades, participate in “Honor-Flight” homecoming welcomes for WWII veterans, post colors and congratulate new Americans at Citizenship ceremonies, honor individuals and businesses with Flag-Certificates, or teach our great American heritage to classrooms full of eager 4th and 5th graders? The answer is clearly, “nowhere.”
In an effort to encourage your participation, the Color Guard would like to give you the opportunity to use a loaner uniform (hunting frock or Regimental, free of charge) until you’re able to purchase your own. During this transition phase, as you “build” a uniform, the Color Guard will also provide you with helpful tips and website addresses. By the way, you needn’t be a military veteran to join the ranks of these modern day “patriot soldiers.” All that is required is the ability to smile, and wave a flag!
“On behalf of our members, I invite you to join our ranks as we strive to keep patriotism and the memory of our Revolutionary War heritage burning in the hearts and minds of every American, young and old. We believe it is our responsibility to bring public awareness of how we became this free nation and understand that it did not come free.”
Brigade Commander Col. Douglas Nelson