Junior Color Guard trainees after training to present a wreath. L-R: MacPhearson Strassburg, Jack Mills, Grace Mills (Light-Horse Harry Lee Society CAR), Dale Corey (CJW-II instructor), Henry Powers (in front of Mr. Corey), Erik Powers, Christian Powers, and Otto Powers
The Sgt Maj John Champe (SMJC) and Col. James Wood II Chapters of the Northern Region Virginia SAR hosted another successful Junior Color Guard Training Workshop. The training was held at VFW Post 1177 in Leesburg and started with a reminder that safety is everyone's responsibility, whether the event is a workshop or a formal ceremony. All attendees were briefed on hydration and heat safety, how to check the site of an event for ground, overhead and brush hazards, and the importance of a complete and updated Virginia SAR emergency call card.
The Junior Color Guard participants were trained in protocol and procedures involving U.S., state, international, local, and SAR chapter flags. In preparation for historical events and community service, trainees were instructed how to march with flags, present colors and post colors. The students were also provided practice in how to properly present honors and salutes at formal meetings and wreath-laying ceremonies. Many trainees wore period-appropriate attire. Over half a dozen youngsters participated, including one young lady, a first for the Junior Color Guard Workshop. Several SAR and C.A.R. Societies were represented by the participants, including: SMJC SAR; Col. Wm Grayson SAR; Light-horse Harry Lee C.A.R. Society; and Reverend John Marks C.A.R. Society.