Philadelphia Continental Chapter Color Guard
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The Color Guard
Captain: Fred Fonseca
Sergeant-at-Arms: Larry Magdy
Phil Anders Orchestrating His Men
Note: Color Guard starting to get back to "normal" but not there yet!
The chapter's Color Guard personifies promoting patriotism, and the accomplishments of the American Revolutionary War soldier, all to the end of keeping alive the flame of the deeds of our patriot ancestors. It does this by:
Participating in community and veteran's parades ,
Presenting colors at SAR and DAR functions,
Special salutes to Revolutionary War fallen, including those memorialized at Philadelphia's Washington Square Tomb of the Unknown,
Leading the "March In" and "March Out" commemorating General Washington and his army's entry into Valley Forge, as well as their departure,
Presenting colors at the mass swearing in of new U.S. citizens in Philadelphia,
Occasionally providing an honor guard for Revolutionary War soldiers' grave dedications,
And many other ways
The Color Guard has participated in an average of 32 events annually over the past 5 years. Like the chapter, its Color Guard has a very long history. The Color Guard members wear the uniform of the "Commander-in-Chief's Guard", or as it was traditionally called, "Washington's Life Guard" (1). The coat is blue with buff facing, breeches are buff, and the waistcoat is scarlet. They carry the special unit's standard, on which is emblazoned its motto: “Conquer or Die”. At Valley Forge, the “Guard” assisted General Von Steuben in drilling the encamped farmer-soldiers into a battle-ready force... a battle-ready force that pushed the British off the field at Monmouth in New Jersey shortly after leaving Valley Forge.
Fred Fonseca is the Color Guard Captain
(1) For an interesting background on George Washington's Life Guard, please see DOCUMENT which explains the history of this unique unit as told by authors Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch.
Flag Day 2021
Memorial Day 2021
The PCC Color Guard recently participated in Ten Crucial Days Wreath Laying Ceremonies in December 2020 and January 2021
To honor and perpetuate the memory of American soldiers who fought and sacrificed during the Battle of Trenton, December 26, 1776 and the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777, this year Color Guard units were able to participate in the National ceremonies on site, or virtually. Color Guard Captain Fred Fonseca participated in-person, while three (3) additional PCC Color Guard members participated virtually in the events which were held via Zoom.
After Action Report
Headstone Consecration for
John Pierre Burr
August 24, 2019
Eden Cemetery, Collingdale, PA
The Philadelphia Continental Chapter SAR Color Guard was proud to participate in this historic event
Above: PCC Color Guard members
Mark Lanyon, Bill Baker, Phil Anders,
Dennis Bostick, and Larry Magdy
are joined by Maxwell Bejouley.
Left: Professor Sherri Burr addressing the assembled attendees as Color Guard member Dennis Bostick supervises the flags during the event.
Flag Day 2019
Following participation in the Stars and Stripes Festival's three events at the Constitution Center, Independence Hall, and Betsy Ross House, the Color Guard later reconvened in Lansdowne for the DAR Flag Day Service. The flag for this event was provided by US Representative Scanlon (pictured to the left with the Color Guard) who presented a flag that had flown over the U. S. Capitol.
Mary Gay Scanlon
U. S. Representative
5th District, Pennsylvania
Washington's Birthday - Philadelphia
On Saturday, February 16, 2019, 18 color guardsmen marched from City Tavern to Washington Square at 6th & Walnut in Center City. The troops under the direction of CPT Phil Anders placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, and then marched on to Independence Hall for an additional wreath ceremony.