The Military Order of the World Wars Lt. Gen. Troy H. Middleton Chapter hosted its annual Massing of the Colors ceremony at Parkview Baptist High School on Nov. 10.

An audience of 650 students and members of the public watched 20 color guard units parade in and lined the gym with the U.S. flag and their unit colors to a march played by the Parkview High School Band.

The flag corps were led by Lt. Col. Alisha Parker, of Tara High School, cadet commander of troops.

Participating in the ceremony were color guards representing U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge; LSU Pershing Rifles Company D-17; Civil Air Patrol Ascension Composite Squadron; Knights of Columbus Bishop Ott Assembly; Parkview Eagle Scouts; Parkview Boy Scouts; Parkview Girl Scouts; and ROTC units from Tara High, Central High, St. Amant High, Zachary High, Belaire High, Broadmoor High, Glen Oaks High, Lee High, Northeast High, McKinley High, Scotlandville High and Woodlawn High.

The speaker was WAFB 9 anchor Donna Britt. The Parkview choir and Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums performed.

Before the end of the program, Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Patrick L. Widner, LTG Middleton Chapter commander, presented the award for the winner of the annual color guard competition to St. Amant High School. First runner-up was Broadmoor High School.

Watch a video of the ceremony at ow.ly/2bwdsa.