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Citadel News Service
7 Feb 2007

Massing of the Colors set for March 4

The General Westmoreland Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and The Citadel will conduct the 10th annual Massing of the Colors ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4 in Summerall Chapel.

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The Massing of the Colors ceremony is dedicated to men and women who gave their lives to preserve liberty and honor in the United States and to those who have served and continue to serve to ensure freedom.

Retired Army Lt. Col. David R. Titus, commander in chief of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), will deliver the keynote address.

During his Army career from 1963 to 1984 Titus served in the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Corps, served in command and staff assignments in the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe and provided military assistance in Vietnam to the 19th Army of Vietnam Infantry Division. He has been involved in the department, regional and national levels of MOWW for 20 years and currently is a member of the Augusta chapter.

After retiring from military service, Titus joined Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant. He was county commissioner of Columbia County, Georgia from 1992 to 1996, a substitute teacher in Columbia County Schools and is currently president of Columbia County Cares food pantry.

Titus is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

The Massing of the Colors ceremony is free and open to the public. Guests should arrive by 2:45 p.m.

The Massing of the Colors ceremony pledges faith in the colors of the United States. It begins with a procession of flags some 40 people long. The patriotic service is dedicated to men and women who gave their lives to preserve liberty and honor in the United States and to those who have served and continue to serve to ensure freedom.

The first Massing of the Colors ceremony was conducted in 1922 on Armistice Day at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. Initiated by the Society of the Massing of the Colors, MOWW took over the direction of the ceremony in 1950.

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