Change of Command Ceremony

The Change of Command ceremony is deeply rooted in military history dating back to the 18th Century. 

At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each unit. The flag served as a rallying point and reminder of their allegiance to their leader during battle. To this flag and its commander, military members dedicated their loyalty and trust. Because of its symbolic nature, when a change of command took place, the flag was passed to the individual assuming command in the presence of the entire unit. 

 All unit members could witness their new leader assume the responsibility and trust associated with the position of commander. He who possessed the flag also held the unit members’ allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history. In light of its history, the action of passing the flag continues with ceremonies today