Philadelphia Continental Chapter Color Guard

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The Color Guard

Captain: Philip M. Anders
Sergeant-at-Arms:  Fernando (Fred) Fonseca III

We mourn the loss of

Captain of the Color Guard,

Phil Anders

(1944 - 2020)

Phil Anders Orchestrating His Men

All color guard activities for May and June have been cancelled, and

July events are "to be determined."



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 in the "March In" commemorating General Washington and his army's entry into Valley Forge, 

  • 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".  The coat is blue with tan facing, breeches are tan, 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 that scored a masterful victory over the British at the battle of Monmouth in New Jersey shortly after leaving Valley Forge.

Philip M. Anders is the Color Guard Captain

Event Photos

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.

After the visit to Independence Hall, the men marched along Arch Street and paused for a brief photo event in front of the Museum of the American Revolution.    ---    For lunch, SAR and DAR members and guests were treated to a traditional “Colonial Turkey Pot Pie”.  We were privileged to have Tyler Putnam from the M*AR speak about some of the events at the Revolutionary War Museum.

New members receive their rosettes

FP Lanny Patten with Treasurer John Briggs and 2nd VP John Mitchell

President Frank O'Donnell with guest speaker Tyler Putnam

Last Year

Collage from Downingtown Veterans Day ceremony on

10 Nov 2018

Vice President Dave Mizell presents the Good Citizenship Award to Pastor Scott Wendal of the Valley Forge Baptist Church on 11 Nov 2018.

Color Guard at the Lower Merion Township's Tribute House celebrating the 100th anniversary of WWI Armistice Day on 11 Nov 2018.

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