Do you know what “raising the standard” means?
According to Carman in his book “Raising The Standard”.
“The flags and banners of an army are called standards. Historically, one of the most important and most honored duties a soldier could be given is carrying the flag. These banners and flags were not merely for decoration. They represented the pride and purpose of the army. and served a strategic purpose. The troops stayed in their ranks and knew which way to go by following the standard bearer.”
Carman goes further mentioning somethng interesting about standard.
“Imagine how important it was to an enemy to capture or destroy your standard. Your whole army would be thrown into confusion. So, if ever the standard bearer fell, it became the responsibility of the closest soldier to him to pick up the flag and continue the advance. “Never let the colors touch the ground” was the standard order.
Dropping a rifle to pick up a flag doesn’t make a lot of sense at first. But when you realize the function keeping the standard held high, it becomes more important than carrying a weapon. Without it the troops will be scattered and confused. The flag or the standard is the rallying point.”