standard-bearer

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standard-bearer

1. A military member who carries the flag of their unit. The soldier marched proudly, flag in hand, as the standard-bearer of his unit.
2. The widely-accepted leader of a cause, movement, or ideology. She rose above her contemporaries to become the standard-bearer of the women's rights movement.

the standard bearer

COMMON The standard bearer of a group of people or a belief is a person who represents them. He saw himself as the standard bearer of the right of the party. She's become very much the standard bearer for traditional, family values. Note: A standard is a flag with badges or symbols on it, which represent a person or organization. In the past, a standard bearer was the person who led an army into battle carrying a standard.
See also: bearer, standard
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They played the National air called "The Oz Spangled Banner," and behind them were the standard bearers with the Royal flag.
A spectacular two-mile march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's Menin Gate Memorial, led by more than a thousand standard bearers, was the culmination of the three-day event, which saw more than two thousand people visit the First World War trenches, battlefields and cemeteries of France and Belgium.
One of the most awe-inspiring sights was to witness our standard bearers marching with their Piper to the memorial to the Liverpool Scottish, through a French cornfield against a blazing blue sky.
| The city of Coventry standard bearers have been officially con-firmed by the Lord Mayor of the city and is recognised by the Lord Mayor's office.
Standard bearers led a parade from the Dorman Museum to the Cenotaph, wreaths were laid and the service was performed by the Rev Michael Wright.
Standard bearers and a bugler will be present when George Dexter is laid to rest at Yardley Cemetery next Friday, July 25.
| DUE HONOURS: Pictured with standard bearers outside the church before the service are, from left, Rev Marion Russell, standard bearer Robert Ellis with the Huddersfield branch standard, Jack West, chairman of the Huddersfield Branch Royal British Legion and Rev Canon Simon Moore.
YOUR recent colour photograph taken on the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II showed the standard bearers proudly carrying aloft their respective organisations' colourful standards and my mind took be back to the time when I was the standard bearer for the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women of Cardiff.
The stunned standard bearers, who went to honour the memories of Iraq war heroes, were told they weren't welcome as a shocked crowd looked on.
WHAT a marvellous turn out in support of the family of Sgt Major Mike Smith by fellow servicemen, veterans and members of the public, together with a strong support of standard bearers proudly parading their Association Standards.
The tradition originated at a time when cavalry and infantry units had standard bearers who carried the colors into battle.
Cortney Palomo were stalwart Standard Bearers; and the diplomats' squabbles had an appropriate satirical malice without degenerating into crude caricatures.
| A REMINDER to all standard bearers refering to the service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum on February 18 at 12pm.
The day will include a parade by armed service standard bearers, culminating in a two-minute silence to honour all who have served in the forces.
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