Honor and Color Guard


Honor Guard

American Veterans Post 2006 designates an "Honor Guard" as a unit that provides funeral and/or graveside ceremonies in conjunction with the local funeral home, or at the request of the Great Lakes National Cemetery. This unit may perform all aspects of the ceremony if there are no active military personnel available, or at the funeral director's request after consultation with the family. The ceremony would consist of flag folding & presentation, playing of taps, and a rifle salute. In most cases there will be active duty military available for the flag folding ceremony and the playing of taps. They provide the ceremony commander or leader. The post provides a Rifle Squad Commander and five to eight riflemen. The Post also provides flag bearers for the American, POW/MIA, Military Branch, and AMVETS colors. The Honor Guard must present a professional and dignified presence at these ceremonies. Anything less dishonors the family, and the veteran whom we are honoring. The families are always appreciative of our presence during these services.


Color Guard

American Veterans Post 2006 designates a "Color Guard" as a unit that presents the colors at various public events such as parades, school activities, veteran functions, and patriotic programs. The color guard may be as simple as carrying the American, POW/MIA, and AMVET flags. Or it may consist of a full color guard unit that adds all of the military branch flags. A rifle escort is always included for the American flag. Flag precedence in both static displays and marching formations are in accordance with the regulations outlined in various AMVET and Military documents.


For information regarding our Honor and Color Guards contact:

Joe Salvia 
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