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Philadelphia Continental Chapter Color Guard

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The Color Guard

Captain: Fred Fonseca

Sergeant-at-Arms:  Rich Lind

February 18, 2023
Washington's Birthday
in front of the
Museum of the American

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January 8, 2023
Princeton Wreath Laying
National Color Guard Event

January 8, 2023
Assunpink Creek Wreath Laying
National Color Guard Event

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PCC Color Guard at 2022 Radnor Memorial Day Parade

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Washington's Birthday 2022
Tomb of the Unknown Rev War Soldier
Washington Square, Philadelphia

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Wreaths Across America
Boehms Church, Blue Bell, Dec 19, 2021

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Our former
Captain of the Color Guard,
Phil Anders
(1944 - 2020)

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Phil Anders Orchestrating His Men

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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

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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

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Event Photos

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

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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.

Professor Burr Bio

Washington Post Article

Princeton & Slavery Story


Event Photos

Flag Day 2019
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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

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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.

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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.

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New members receive their rosettes

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

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President Frank O'Donnell with guest speaker Tyler Putnam


Collage from Downingtown Veterans Day ceremony on

10 Nov 2018

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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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