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a leader of a cause or party
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



an individual charged with the honor and responsibility of carrying the colors in a military formation. In the Russian army the standard-bearer was chosen from the ranks of noncommissioned officers with battle decorations. In the Soviet army he is designated by order for each unit and is usually a sergeant or officer, usually with government decorations, or a soldier with excellent results in battle and political training. Two assistants are assigned to protect the colors and to replace the standard-bearer if he is disabled.

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In addition, he ordered that Duke should stop parading himself as the party's flag bearer for the elections.
Gethin Darlington, 11, has won our competition to be a flag bearer at Wembley (inset) on Sunday
According to legend, it was then that the US flag bearer, athlete Ralph Rose, controversially refused to dip the Stars and Stripes before the Royal Box like every other nation, apparently establishing a practice now enshrined in US federal law.
The IOA has shortlisted four names for India's flag bearer at the London Games and all of them are the Olympics medalist.
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With Hampden set for a full house we have teamed up with Vauxhall, the Scotland Team Sponsor, to give you the chance to be a flag bearer at the big game.
Italy and Germany were the last to confirm Sunday they will not participate in a major United Nations conference on racism that opens Monday in Geneva, which is being boycotted by the United States and Israel, as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described Israel as the "flag bearer of racism."
"I don't know how many medals we win at an average Games - but there is only ever one flag bearer so it is a huge honour.
As the flag bearer of the Republic, the president has an inherent duty to uphold the very pillars of our nation which are clearly defined in the Constitution.
Peshawar -- National flag bearer airlines PIA has banned the trade union activities and withdraw the exemption from working for the office bearers of the CBA unions.
The former minister wanted an order of the court declaring him the validly elected flag bearer of the party for the 2019 General Elections.
Gunu, therefore, asked the elders and members of the NDC not to make any attempt to destabilise the ongoing reorganisation exercise of the party, aimed at recapturing political power in 2020, stressing that the grassroots have matured politically and would make the right decision to elect persons for the various national positions, including that of the flag bearer of the party.