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Purpose of the Colour Guard

"There shall be a Colour Guard, composed of members of the Society, the duties of which shall consist of the care, custody, and proper official display of the Colours, Flags, and Standards of the Society."

Over the years, the Virginia Society has acquired an imposing collection of flags and colours of the Revolutionary War period, as well as our national and state colours. These were given by members or friends of the Society as memorials to an ancestor, a close relative, or a respected friend.

Not only are the flags displayed at meetings of the Society, but they are exhibited to other groups, as part of our effort to educate all in the heritage we enjoy. Their presence alone creates an aura of times past and the narration of the history of the units they represent brings history alive. Our flags have been seen throughout Virginia and were used by the Commonwealth of Virginia at the opening of the Bicentennial Display in Yorktown in April 1976. They are on permanent display in the Auditorium of the Virginia Historical Society, on the Boulevard, in Richmond, along with a framed legend which pictures each flag and identifies it by name.

The Society remains delighted to receive additional flags and colours to enlarge its stand. As more research about the Revolution is done, new (old) flags are being found.

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