"Once a Marine, Always a Marine"
The Marine Veterans Color Guard was formed in 1992 to honor the traditions of the United States Marine Corps and to serve its veterans in military and civil ceremonies. Former and current members of the Color Guard have served in World War II, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Iraq.
The military awards and decorations of the Guard's former and current members are indicated by the 35 streamers flying atop the Marine Corps Colors. They include the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, Navy Achievement Medal, seven Combat Action Awards, five Navy Presidential Unit Citations, four Navy Unit Citations and two Navy Meritorious Unit Citations.
The Guard participates in parades, patriotic ceremonies, funeral ceremonies to honor deceased Marine and Navy veterans, opening ceremonies at Richmond Braves baseball games, change-of-command ceremonies at military bases and retirement ceremonies for Marine and Navy personnel.