The Minnesota SAR Color Guard was organized in 2007 to provide a uniformed team to present colors at SAR and public events: to remind us of our heritage and honor those from whom we are descended, and the public for the same plus a way to kindle the flame of patriotism.
The team began with three members and has now grown to eight.
The Guard has appeared at local DAR meetings, a State DAR Convention, Freedom Day events in the Brainerd Lakes area, citizenship ceremonies in Saint Cloud, Patriot Day service at Fort Snelling, joint DAR/SAR recruiting events in Brainerd, many schools and for four years participating in the Fourth of July CAR flying pancake breakfast in Wayzata. This coming Patriot Day the MNSAR Color Guard will be participating with hundreds of flag bearers at the Twin Cities 9-11 day memorial presentation. With all this mentioned, they would like to be busier.
Of course, the first need is for members of the uniformed team. They would like additional flag bearers and muskets. Their pressing need is for drummers and fife players. They could use members in revolutionary war era civilian clothing who have a story to tell, like a preacher in period costume.
They would welcome wives and children of members to dress the part and stand with the uniformed members at events. What a learning and teaching opportunity for our families.
They need assistance from the membership at large as well. They would like a person, either in uniform or not, to cover Public Relations, to take photographs of their events, to write the events up for the newsletter and the SAR magazine, as well as local press releases.
The MNSAR Color Guard is the nucleus for a growing team. They hope that in the future they will be open to “Associate” members outside of the SR and SAR: like the DAR, CAR, 7th Pennsylvania re-enactment group, American Legion and anyone who shares the dedication to the ideals and goals of the SR and SAR, but may be unable to meet the membership requirements.
The MNSSAR Color Guard has no requirements for one’s amount of participation. Participate when you can. This is a fun activity, full of teaching and learning. Each member of the MNSAR Color Guard have individually grown with the experience and wish to have others join.
For more information or to inquire about joining, contact the Color Guard Leadership.
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