The Massachusetts State Police has two units that provide ceremonial performances to honor people, events, and occasions. The first, the Drill and Ceremonial Unit is an official unit of the Massachusetts State Police, an honor guard that is often referred to as a color guard. This unit provides a team of troopers bearing the flags of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts State Police, flanked by two rifle bearers. This team is called upon to fly the flags and march in honor at many events and ceremonies. The second, the Massachusetts State Police Pipes and Drums, is a volunteer unit formed by members of the department and incorporated as a charitable organization. The Pipes and Drums is an authorized unit that represents the department at their request, honoring the fallen, playing for ceremonies, and marching in parades.