Duty, Honor, Country: In 1962, West Point honored
its former Superintendent, General Douglas MacArthur, with
an award for outstanding service to the United States of America.
In accepting, MacArthur chose to accept by presenting the
Corps of Cadets with his essay on West Point, entitled "Duty,
Honor, Country." MacArthur wrote of his former alma mater,
"in the evening of my memory, always I come back to West
Point. Always there echoes and re-echoes: Duty, Honor, Country."
As with the training ground for United States Army officers,
the Color Guard of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
of Massachusetts provides new members schooling in military
customs and discipline in preparation for service to the Company
and the Commonwealth. Tracing its lineage to the origin of
the Company as the training school for new militia members,
the Color Guard serves a vital role in the life of the Company
as its most visible ceremonial unit.
New members, especially those with no prior military service,
are strongly encouraged to join the Color Guard, as service
in the Color Guard provides members an opportunity to learn
and practice military custom and drill.
Presently, the Color Guard is made up of seventeen members,
commanded by MSG Gerard F. Kelly. Flags of the United States
of America, individual states, host countries, cities and
service branches are carried, as well as our ceremonial M1903
Springfield Rifles, specially modified for our use.
"Colors" are carried at every major function, parade,
event and funeral attended by the Company. Due to the high
profile the unit has, each member pays close attention to
military discipline and drill. Members of the Color Guard
are distinguished by use of unit patches (see pictures on
right), white belt, trim and chin strap cover (which comes
in quite handy in a strong wind!)
If in uniform, one always salutes the national colors when
passing in review. In civilian dress, one should place his
or her right hand over his or her heart as the colors pass.
Kelly's Flags Unfurled
Can an Ancient really be an Ancient or a Sergeant
without trying to earn a position carrying the Colors? It is
a job that requires discipline, strength, endurance, and dependability---and
a sense of responsibility. The nature eof the job creates a
close-knit camaraderie and interdependence. People who love
parades and special details, precision and sublimating themselves
for the good of the team are the ones who do the job well. Generally,
people who try for Color Sergeants, or substitutes, are those
who are ready to help in everything. The glamour of parading
with flags waving in the breeze reflects only a small part of
the job. The flags must be brought down from the Armory, then
carried back up and stored away. Stars, or individuals, are
The successful leader of the Color Guard is Gerry Kelly.
Gerry has been with the Colors for over ten years. He keeps
copious notes on the members who compete to carry the flags,
and he tries to qualify them all to take over his job. If
a member gests a chance to try out for the assignment during
the absence of a regular, and at the end of the parade leans
his flag on a car or building and takes off, he's through
with the Colors. THROUGH! Many, many members have carried
the colors. Every one of them loves doing it and helping Kelly---they're
all "Kelly's Color Carriers"!
From: Kelly's Flags Unfurled.
Flags of the United States of America, Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, City of Boston, Centennial Legion of Historical
Military Commands and Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company