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Old 08-28-2003, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Protocol for marching with an Honor Guard

Hope this is the right forum for this question...

Our unit has been asked to pipe in a Military Honor Guard for a 9/11 ceremony at the Governor's house.

In the past the pipes & drums have led the procession with the Honor Guard carrying the colors behind us. However, this arrangement was questioned by one of the folks in the Gov's office which made me wonder if we had been doing it wrong all these years.

Is there a real protocol for how such things should be done? If so, where can I find it - and what is it?

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Old 08-28-2003, 10:45 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure that the color guard should be in front if you're all marching in the same procession. That's why the colors are always at the front of a parade.
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Old 08-28-2003, 11:25 AM   #3
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Colors out in front.
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Old 08-28-2003, 11:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. Now it makes me wonder how we got started doing this backwards and why we haven't been doing it that way before now.


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Old 08-28-2003, 12:59 PM   #5
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Colours first?

Ok, I agree as long as the function is under the Gov's control - he arranges, he decides.

In the British Army it's been always pipes first, but since we're not talking about a military ceremony performed by a Scottish Regiment everything's fine, as long as it's decent and appropriate to the occasion and to the master of ceremonies' planning
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Old 08-28-2003, 02:53 PM   #6
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Hi All:

I am with Mario on this but others from the Regiments can confirm. Canadian/British is Pipes, Colours, Regiment in that order maybe the US has a differeent marching order. Is there a different marching order or placement on parade between a military(brass)band and a pipe band??

Thats what I like about this instrument you are first and everyone stands when you enter the room.

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Old 08-28-2003, 03:05 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure that proper protocol for the US flag states that it's always in front.
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Old 08-28-2003, 03:19 PM   #8
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omigosh - colours always go in the front -no exception.
please make sure your flag arrangement and heights are in order as well.

This Flag Display may help:
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Default Re: Protocol for marching with an Honor Guard

You might even ask the M.C. if he/she would like the pipe band to march in with a tune, and then pipe in (at attention) the Honor Guard as they make their way to the area of ceremony. Just a thought. I used to drill in the Civil Air Patrol and I'm very familiar with Military Customs and Drill.

Hope to be of help,

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Default Re: Protocol for marching with an Honor Guard

Thanks again for all the responses, and to Leprechaun for the link.

Since we are obviously a US unit, flags first it will be.

I'm embarrased that we did it improperly in the past.

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