How to Properly Mount a Flag on a Flagstaff

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This issue has been on my mind for a little while. I have this outlined in my book, Exhibition Drill For The Military Drill Team, Vol II, and I really need to go over it here. There is only one way to properly mount a flag on a color team flagstaff. Because I say so? No, because I’ve learned through …

Of Flags and Sharp Objects

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Can a color team use rifles with bayonets or even use swords or sabers? NOOOOOOOOO! As the title suggests, flags and sharp objects do not go well together! Never ever, ever, ever put bayonets on rifles or march swords/sabers for a color team! When a color catches the tip and the wind drags the color across so there is either …

To Fringe or Not to Fringe, That is the Question

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Fringe on my flag? Why? It is an honorable enrichment only, not an integral part of the flag. As it is attached on the edge, it does not “deface” the flag which therefore remains the Stars and Stripes of the US (as per the opinion of the US Attorney General in 1925). The fringe is used only inside or on …

Ask the DrillMaster: What are we doing wrong with our color guard?

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Question: Since you work with drill teams & know proper flag etiquette, you’re my go-to person on this one. We were told at a national veteran convention by someone from another state that we shouldn’t have an eagle on our state flag staff, only on the US Flag staff. I haven’t found anything about it. Is this accurate? Thanks! B …

Honor Guard Competitions

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What is the reason for competing? In the military drill world, a competition has been a means of showing other teams how much hard work has been put into the routine, and I’m not just talking about exhibition drill. Honor guard units compete against each other in funeral ceremonies and the tasks associated with them. Color teams post the colors …

The Marines Got it Right!

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This question has been on the minds of many people- I’ve been asked quite a few times and after some research I found the reason. Please read this first: To Fringe or Not to Fringe, That is the Question. A Flag A flag is flown from a stationary or mounted pole. Flags are never fringed. A Color Used in military and …

All About The Flagstaff

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Reminder: Color team = military; color guard =  marching band First off, the nomenclature of a flagstaff. Yes, the bottom metal piece is called a ferrule and not a pike. A ferrule keeps wood from splitting. The staff pictured here, courtesy of www.aboutflags.com (with my text added), is the only staff that military honor guard units use. Army units have used …

American Flag in Center of 5-Man Color Team?

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This is another picture where I just have my palm smack my forehead in disbelief. This formation is not allowed for a military color team! This formation is allowed however, if the color forms and remains in a “V” formation with the American flag centered and in front. Yep, go to my Downloads page and start reading the military manuals. …