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.