VASSAR Accident/Incident Report (form)

Used in a serious accident/incident (e.g., hospitalization, musket safety incident, etc.).

Accident-Incident Report Form

Heat Index Table


Heat-Related Illness Symptoms and Actions Chart


Virginia SAR (draft) Color Guard Handbook (Editor's Version 8.3) -- UPDATED NOV 2022

This revised 'Editor's Version' is posted here for your review and comment. Please provide feedback to the Editor, Chris Melhuish, at [email protected] If you provide feedback as a statement or recommendation, please provide a reference or citation for your comment or suggestion. Thank you for helping improve our Handbook!

VASSAR Color Guard Playbook (Version 9.0) -- UPDATED

The attached document is in development and will grow over time. The intent is to provide a standard approach to key (and recurring) SAR CG events. It is advisory, not prescriptive, in nature. The playbook introduces the concept of dividing participants into a Color Guard and an Honor Guard, especially for those events where many flags are carried and musket men are present. (Note: (participation in either group counts the same for CG credit/points). This concept was trialed in 2021 at the Battle of Great Bridge and was discussed at the annual CG workshop in February 2022.
 vassar_color_guard_playbook_-_v9.0 pdf

NSSAR Color Guard Handbook (Version 09/12/2020)

The document is the current National Society SAR Color Guard Handbook.
NASSAR Color Guard Handbook nssar_color_guard_handbook_9-12-2020.pdf

NSSAR Color Guard Training Videos

These professionally produced videos feature VASSAR Guardsmen.


The United States Order of Precedence

The attached 2020 document from the U.S. Department of State's ceremonial Division provides guidance on the proper order of precedence (to include Native American Nations on pages 12-13). 2020-order-of-precedence-final.pdf

Order of Precedence for Hereditary Orders/Societies

Attached is a comprehensive list of the order of precedence of hereditary societies and orders (ranking by the date established/founded). Source: NSDAR. hereditary_societies_list_by_founding_year.docx

 VASSAR State Event List

Two Types of State SAR Historical Events in Virginia
• State-Sponsored Event – a national SAR event held in Virginia and hosted by the Virginia Society. The Virginia SAR President serves as the host and typically participates in the program. The Virginia SAR President appoints the host committee chairman and all planning committee members.

•State-Designated Event – a SAR event deemed historically significant to the Revolutionary War in Virginia. An event in which the Virginia SAR President or other designated state officer represents the Virginia SAR. The host chapter President appoints the host committee chairman and all planning committee members. vassar_state_events.pdf

NSSAR National Event List

NOTE: A local event celebrating Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day may be counted as a National Color Guard event to apply for a Color Guard Medal. Only a single event on each day may be counted. Multiple events on the same day cannot be counted multiple times. If the event is on the weekend nearest the actual holiday, that can be counted concerning the single event limitation. For example, if a Veterans Day Parade occurs on a Saturday, such as the 8th, then an event on the 11th does not count. events.jpg

NSSAR Insignia, Protocol, Ceremonies, and Rituals Handbook (effective February 6, 2022)


Title 4 U.S. Code, Chapter 1 -- The Flag

The principal reference for proper display of the Nation's Flag. title_4_usc.pdf

U.S. Army Drill and Ceremonies Manual (TC 3-21.5)

The VASSAR Color Guard's primary reference for contemporary commands and movement, when used. tc3_21x5.pdf

The 250th Recognition Award Program

The recognition program is designed to encourage and recognize those compatriots, chapters, and societies participating in local, state, national, and international events that publicly educate, recognize, honor, and celebrate the events and heroes of the period surrounding the American Revolution. Participation involves the planning and execution of these events and attendance. The medal covers the celebration of any event’s 250th anniversary where said event related directly to acts of resistance to British attempts to coerce the residents in America: from the first Parliamentary Acts protested after the conclusion of the French and Indian Wars, through the armed struggle of the American War for Independence, to the ratification of the Treaty of Paris by the Continental Congress. This, therefore, will cover any public celebrations in the period from 2014 to 2033. The form may be submitted to cover multiple years and, following the first submission, be presented in numerous years, only covering activities since the previous request. Scorekeeping is the responsibility of each compatriot and awarding authority. You will receive an email authorizing the purchase from merchandising. The guidelines and points are described in the pdf file below: 250th-anniversary-form__1_.pdf

Color Guard Workshop Presentations

Download the files below for information on suitable Color Guard uniforms and supplies
2017 Color Guard Conference Workshop Download File
2018 Color Guard Conference Workshop Download File
2022 Color Guard Conference Workshop at the Annual Conference workshop_2022_cg.ppsx
2022 Color Guard Conference and Zoom Workshop at the Semi-Annual Conference vassar_color_guard_workshop_zoom.pdf

Other Materials

VASSAR Color Guard Recruitment Video - for broad Chapter use (e.g., Facebook, Websites, etc.)

Period drill - Von Steuben

Period drill primary reference - "Exercise of Arms in the Continental Infantry" by Ernest. W. Peterkin, Capt. USN (Ret.)
How to clean your muzzle-loader (video)

NSSAR Color Guard Committee

This link will take you to the NASSAR CG Committee page, which includes the NASSAR CG Handbook, information on medals, and copies of the NASSAR Color Guardsman Magazine: