Marist’s Color Guard will have Important Role at Inauguration

Anthony Proia, Director of Media Relations
Marist College Color Guard presents the colors at the 2022 Commencement in May

September 23, 2022 – The Inauguration of President Kevin Weinman will feature some of the most recognizable elements of the Marist campus. There are the symbols like the Marist Mace and Medallion, in addition to the band and the Marist colors. Among those sights and sounds will be Marist’s Color Guard, often seen during the playing of the National Anthem at events, which will be present again on Friday.

The Color Guard’s impact is much greater than just presenting the flag. Entirely featuring students from Marist’s ROTC program, the students balance a rigorous routine that balances student and military life. The group of four is led by Master Sergeant Retired Dave Rogers, Marist ROTC Coordinator.

“Our Color Guard has served Marist in nearly every Commencement, St. Patrick's Day Parade, and Veteran's Day activities, as well as numerous Sporting Events,” said Rogers. “Additionally, we marched with the Marist Band and Spirit Team at the 2016 US Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.  We stand ready for any mission called upon by Marist College.”

Cadet Owen Reilly ’23 is the Color Guard Commander. A native of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Reilly says he was always interested in serving his country after high school but was not sure how he was going to do it. He says he heard about the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps from a family friend, and liked the idea of getting a college education while preparing to serve. He is a criminal justice major and hopes to go into the private sector.

“Every event we do is important and there are always many sets of eyes watching our every move when we present the colors,” said Reilly. “I am looking forward to being present at such an important event in my College’s history.”

Cadet Maya Arora ’23 is from Cornwall, New York – just outside West Point. She said growing up so close to the United States Military Academy inspired her to join ROTC. Arora says she also enjoys working variety of events as it allows the group to represent our county and battalion.

“Last year, our Battalion did an event on the Intrepid. We packaged non-perishable meals for families in need. This event had the largest impact on me as I felt like I was personally helping others make their lives easier.”

Arora, who is an English adolescent education major, and is also planning on earning her master’s degree at Marist, says she’s working towards commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army through the National Guard after graduation.

“Leadership is a large portion of my life, and the ability to lead others is a skill that takes experience, diligence, and presence. I hope to achieve these qualities our new College president has.”

About Marist College ROTC

The Marist College ROTC program has been commissioning officers into the Army since 2006, and Marist cadets have gone to serve in a wide array of jobs as officers, such as Ranger qualified infantrymen, pilots, and Army lawyers.

To learn more about the overall ROTC program, visit the US Army Cadet Command’s website.

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