Massing of the Colors

Knoxville (WVLT ) - A patriotic tradition as old as our country.

A "Massing Of the Colors" ceremony was held at Second Presbyterian church in Knoxville on Saturday.

The ceremony is said to have originated with Gen. George Washington, when his poorly clothed troops weren't suitable to pass in front of visiting dignitaries.

So, Washington came up with a color guard from each unit.

About 200 men and women from various ROTC units across Tennessee came out for the ceremony.

"It's important for them to know something about the history of our country. And to learn more about patriotism and love of country," says Joe Eddlemon with the Military Order of the World of Wars.

The event is in its 14th year.

The sponsor was the Knoxville Chapter of the Military Order of the World of Wars.

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