Continental Color Guard
Honor Guard Co, 4th BN, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment
United States Army Continental Color Guard’s mission is to showcase the
U.S. army’s precision nationally and internationally. With a heritage
tracing back to the early days of our nation, the continental Color
Guard is the 3d Infantry tradition. Regimental records show that the
color sergeants and the drum major of the 3d Infantry Band wore
Revolutionary War-style uniforms at Fort Snelling, Minn., in 1922. A
contemporary description states that the purpose of the unit was to
recall the mind of every member of the 3d Infantry, the long and
honorable history of the regiment from a period which followed closely
upon the Revolutionary War.
The Continental Color Guard Team serves the same function today. The
five-man unit is comprised of two armed Guards and three color ensigns,
who carry the National Color, the U.S. Army Color, and the Color of
their parent unit, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard.”
The uniforms worn by the Color Team are replicas of the 1784-style
infantry uniforms worn by The Old Guard’s predecessor, the First
American Regiment. The pattern of the uniform for wear by all
Continental Army infantry units was approved by General George
Washington in 1782. It consisted of a blue coat faced with a red collar,
cuffs and lapels, white buttons and lining, long-fitting overalls, and a
black cocked hat with cockade.
The Continental Color Guard displays the Colors in numerous parades and ceremonies throughout the years.
A solemn part of any civic of military function, the presentation of
the National Color assumes a special patriotic and historic significance
when borne by this “The Nation’s Foremost Color Team.”
You may request a performance at a function, but must begin the
scheduling process through our headquarters command, The U.S. Army
Military District of Washington (MDW).