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United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard

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"Last To Let You Down"

The rendering of honors at Military Funerals is a way to show the Nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. The ceremonial paying of respect is the final demonstration that a grateful Nation can provide to the veterans and their families. Some of the most respectable ceremonies that the Ceremonial Honor Guard participates in are military funerals. The Honor Guard performs for deceased Coast Guard members, either active duty or retired, and their dependants. The Honor Guard provides all essential personnel needed to render proper military honors and respect to its fallen shipmates and to their families. The Ceremonial Honor Guard can provide a Colors Team, Casket Team, Firing Party, and Platoon for Military Funerals, depending on the rank of the deceased Coast Guard member. The Colors team has the distinct honor of bearing the National Ensign and the Coast Guard Standard during funeral ceremonies. The Casket Team consists of six members who are responsible for carrying the remains of the deceased and ceremoniously folding the National Ensign, and then presenting it to the next of kin. The Firing Party consists of seven members who render honors through the traditional ceremonial three volleys. The Honor Guard also provides a platoon for certain military funerals. The Honor Guard performs most of its military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery; However, the Honor Guard is also called upon to participate in funerals around the United States for deceased Coast Guard members or their dependants. the Coast Guard Honor Guard also provides support for Armed Forces Full Honors funerals, Head-of-State funerals in honor of deceased Cabinet members, and State funerals for past and present Commanders-In-Chief.


Last Modified 1/12/2016