VFW Post 4174: It’s an honor! | News, Sports, Jobs
I’m sure we’ve all been somewhere before seeing an honor guard at a funeral, state ceremony, guarding a national monument, parade, sporting event, or even a marathon. However, the main purpose of the honor guard is to render funeral honors.
But the honor guards also serve as guardians of the colors by showing and accompanying the national flag on many ceremonial occasions. They serve as ambassadors for the recruiting effort and are usually military in nature. Each branch of the military has its own official honor guard training team. Service academies, as well as college and university ROTCs and high school JROTCs, are another division of the honor guard.
In the military, the honor guards are not normally used, but members can be individual as needed. The general criteria for becoming an Honor Guard for All Armed Forces are six feet for men and five feet, 10 inches for women. This reasoning arose because it offers consistency between all five common service platoons. In principle, any military unit can act as an honor guard.
To be eligible for the presence of an Honor Guard, a member of the military must either have died on active duty or be a veteran with an honorable discharge who has passed away. The gun salute and taps, along with the ceremonial folding and handing over of the flag, are a very poignant part of a military funeral. However, a 21-gun salute is only fired in honor of a national flag, a sovereign or head of state of a foreign nation, a member of a ruling royal family and the president, ex-president or elected president.
If you watch our honor guard at VFW Post 4174, you will find that these veterans, although they are no longer in their early teens, will proudly walk bigger with every step. They find it an honor to escort a fallen comrade’s flag, and while honoring the veteran’s merits, they continue the military’s beloved lesson by staying by their comrade’s side until the end.
It is an honor to be part of an honor guard and all veterans are welcome to join as part of the unit.