At ceremonies across the country, many local municipalities request a color team from military installations or even first responders. Quite often, music is not available so those gathered recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The picture above is from nba.com.
Here is how to do it:
- The MC says something like this. “Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the presentation [or posting*] of the colors.”
- Color team enters as usual and stops centered in front of the audience.
- The commander of the color team gives the loud command, “Present, ARMS!”
- The MC, or a designated person steps up to the microphone and says something like, “Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in reciting the Pledge. I pledge…”
- The commander of the color team gives the command, “Port, ARMS!” and the color team [posts the colors and then] departs.
*Only present (and post) the colors for more ceremonial occasions.
That is it. Color team commanders, please do not order the audience to begin, it is not your place.