Spit and Polish and Eagle Courts of Honor



You’ve heard the old aphorism that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. At an Eagle court of honor, the first impression guests have is usually formed by the color guard’s presentation of the colors.

A tip subscriber named Larry Beck found an effective way to make a great first impression at his son’s court of honor. A friend who was in the Air National Guard recruited members of the 939th Refueling Wing to present the colors. They were glad to participate and started the ceremony off on the right note.

As you begin planning your next court of honor, check in with local Guard and Reserve units—as well as VFW posts, Junior ROTC programs, and other patriotic organizations—to see if they can provide a color guard for the ceremony.


One thought on “Spit and Polish and Eagle Courts of Honor

  1. Gene ORourke

    I like this idea. Another thought… once you have that military color guard, ask them to do a teaching session with your troop. When the boys see “how the pros do it” they may be receptive to upping their own game. The next Court of Honor will be even more impressive if they boys can pull off a military-grade color ceremony on their own.

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