The New Freedom Farm Color Guard
Roger Clites proposed starting a New Freedom Farm Color Guard in October 2018. The purpose of starting the Color Guard was to have a group trained to Post as Present Colors at all New Freedom Farm events and to support and be available for our community as a way to say "Thank You" for all the love and support they have given New Freedom Farm. We also see ourselves as a form of outreach to area veterans through our appearances at New Freedom Farm and media events.
In January 2019 we started weekly practices in preparation for our debut at the 2nd annual New Freem Farm “Freedom Fest” held on April 6, 2019 and made a couple appearances including the WXFR Morning Show.
April 6, 2019
Color Guard Debuted at New Freedom Farm 2nd Annual Freedom Fest
April 13, 2019
Color Guard traveled to Danville and stood with Marine Corps and US flag during funeral service for a young Iraqi Freedom Marine Veteran.
May 18, 2019
Led Salem Veterans Medical Center annual Armed Forces Parade
June 2, 2019
Posted and Retired Colors for Salem Veterans Medical Center Semi-Annual memorial service for families of Veterans who passed away at Salem VA Hospital.
July 4, 2019
Opened WXFR’s Living Local Morning Show at 0800.
July 9, 2019
Color Guard volunteers dropped everything to present Colors at Carlos Showalter's home after his passing.
July 13, 2019
Presented Colors at Carlos Showalter Memorial Breakfast that he had requested before he passed.
Aug. 18, 2019
Present Colors at Star City Cruise in Car Show held at Salem Veterans Medical Center.
Sept. 11, 2019
Participated in the Town of Buchanan 9-11 Memorial Walk held by Buchanan Volunteer Fire Dept.
Sept. 21, 2019
Present Colors at Charlies Bench dedication held at New Freedom Farm.
Nov. 14, 2019
New Freedom Farm Color Guard lead New Freedom Farm Volunteer Contingent in Virginia Veterans Parade held in Roanoke, VA
Dec. 14, 2019
Performed in Town of Buchanan Christmas parade.
April 4, 2020
Freedom Fest 2020 at New Freedom Farm