Military bands, color guards/joint color guards, drill teams may take part in public events sponsored by non-federal organizations. Requests for static displays and military equipment will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Most ceremonial support is patriotic in nature and may include a color guard and/or a band. Typically this type of support would consist of 15 to 20 minutes of patriotic music prior to the start of the event and is designed to establish a patriotic mood or tone that initiates the formal portion of a civic, military, or governmental event.
Participation in public programs will only be allowed when the support is in the best interests of the Department of Defense, the Military Services, and does not interfere with mission or training programs. This means that if an event is approved and a military operation arises, the support previously approved may be cancelled in order to support that operation.
For the National Capital Region, the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) facilitates requests for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard elements. MDW Approval and tasking authority is exercised according to governing regulations and practices.
How can I get additional assistance or reach out to the MDW Communication Office or Ceremonial and Outreach Directorate teams?