By SGT Tryon, Andrea
In the dictionary, it is said to be a small flag or pennant carried by the guide of mounted cavalry. The origin is said to be French, from Old French, from Old Italian guidone, from guidare, to guide, from Old Provencal guidar; see guide. This it is the most valuable job and a great source of pride for the unit, and several military traditions have developed around it, stemming back from ancient times. It is used in many different events like showing the company's name in brigade or battalion meetings. The guidon was issued first in 1776 on the day of February 20. And it was quoted from Washington's headquarters and stated (as it is necessary that every regiment should be furnished colors, and that those colors should bear some kind of similitude to the uniform of the regiment to which they belong.) In 1779 the guidon was carried around everywhere on the battle field to show the strength and the courage of those men who fought straight up in head to head combat and the flag was a representation of who they were. The United States Army flags traditionally have been used for purposed of identification and the fostering of espirit de corps. The present policies stem from ideas and practices dating back to the Revolutionary War. In turn those were influenced by the military traditions of Western Europe to a great extent. General Order 19, War Department, 22 February 1862, prescribed that there should be inscribed upon the colors or guidon of all regiments and batteries the names of the battles in which they have borne a meritorious part. On 7 February 1890, the use of inscribed battle honors upon the colors was discontinued and engraved silver ring, were authorized. This practice was continued until 1918 when the silver bands short supply and the War Department then authorized the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces to locally procure. They are also used to represent a particular group, whether it be a be a...
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