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Color Companies to be Honored at Color Parade

Posted on: May 16, 2014 08:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs

The academy’s annual Color Parade honoring this year’s color companies will be held on Worden Field May 23 at 11 a.m. 

The midshipmen of 19th Company have earned the honor of being designated as the spring 2014 color company through their accomplishments during the last semester.

As part of the parade tradition, the spring semester color company commander chooses the color honoree to be recognized during the parade. Midshipman 1st Class Lauren Schmiegel, of Lancaster, N.Y., has selected her father Mr. Frank Schmiegel as the 2014 Color Honoree.

15th Company will also be recognized as the Color Company from fall semester.

The Color Parade is the oldest parade at the U.S. Naval Academy, a tradition which began in 1867.   Midshipmen anticipate this parade as their last full dress parade while at the academy.  The highlight of the Color Parade is the formal presentation of the color company pennant to the company that has excelled in academics, athletics and professional accomplishments. 

Schmiegel will receive the Stewart Wight Hannah Memorial Trophy. The silver bowl will be displayed in Bancroft Hall throughout the year and inscribed with the spring semester color company number and the name of the new Color Company commander.

Midshipman 1st Class Andrew MacPherson, of Madison, Miss., served as the fall semester color company commander. McPherson will receive the Forrestal Award, an engraved silver tray presented in honor of the nation's first Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, donated by the late Charles P. McCormick.

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