In the United States Military, the Color refers to a detachment of soldiers assigned to the protection of the colors of United States or Regiment.
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This duty is so prestigious that the color is generally carried by a young officer, while experienced non-commissioned acting as color sergeant is assigned to the protection of the flag. NCOs can be ceremonially armed with either sabres or rifles to protect the color. Color guards are generally dismounted, but there are also mounted color guard formations as well.
If you have ever been to a sporting event or even one of the SUNY Brockport football games or Commencement, then you've probably seen the ROTC Color Guard. The Color Guard is a group of four to six Cadets who present the American and Battalion flag, during the National Anthem of football games and at the start of any formal events on campus. These can include ROTC events, flag donations and other specialized events. The Color Guard is on call rain, shine or in the dead of winter to honor the American flag. It’s an honor to be a part of this team.