Honor guards around the world stand for excellence and discipline. They represent military units at funerals and protect national monuments. In the United States, each branch of service has its own honor guards in addition to National Guard units in many states. The US 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) is the official Escort of the President of the United States and is the face of the armed services to the nation.
In many communities, police, fire, correction and EMT units have Honor Guards as the public representative of the unit and in memory of fallen comrades. During older times the protection of an army's colors was tantamount, because the regiment's flag, or colors, indicated battle positions and designation between regiments. Although they are not used in battles today, color guards still protect the colors and usually consist of the national flag, which is always carried on the right side and the unit's flag. The colors are "protected" by two individuals armed with rifles or swords.
Many honor guard units also have a drill team. Drill teams are known for precision, whether performing as an armed or unarmed unit. Armed units perform an intense routine of twirling, snapping and tossing the rifles among members. Unarmed teams perform a precise drill in a speedy and concise manner.
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