Philadelphia Continental Chapter Color Guard
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The Color Guard
Captain: Philip M. Anders
Sergeant-at-Arms: Fernando (Fred) Fonseca III
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
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.