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November/December 2014

VVA’s Honor Guard to Super Bowl Champions

Photo Courtesy Dennis Noah


In 1996 the Modell family brought the NFL Ravens to Baltimore, and they asked Baltimore Chapter 451 to provide a color guard at home pre-game ceremonies. Chapter members have presented the colors at every Ravens home game. It’s a much sought-after assignment, so we rotate honor guard members.

The Chapter 451 Honor Guard presented the colors at the first Ravens game at historic Baltimore Memorial Stadium. After two years the team moved to M&T Bank Stadium, and the chapter honor guard moved with them. At the last game at Memorial Stadium the honor guard lowered the colors from the flag pole and presented the flag to the Modell family.

For five years the Chapter 451 Honor Guard presented the colors alone. After September 11, 2001, we were joined by an active duty National Honor Guard and, later, Korean War veterans.

We have presented the colors in the heat, cold, rain, snow, and wind. The Ravens (now owned by Steve Bisciotti), along with game-day staff, police, and fans, have treated us with respect and gratitude. It truly has been an honor to represent Baltimore Chapter 451 and Vietnam veterans during the past nineteen seasons.

Dennis “Doc” Noah was with the original Chapter 451 Honor Guard at Memorial Stadium and now commands the squad. Photographed with the Ravens cheerleaders are (from left): Jeff Knickman, John Votta, Chester Bailey, Steve Maddock, and Dennis Noah.

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