Welcome to the Charles Conklin Post #28 Honor Guard Page!
The purpose of the American Legion Post 28 Honor Guard is to: Provide Military Rites For Deceased Honorable Discharged Veterans To Present Programs On Americanism, Flag And Other Patrotic Ceremonies To Grade, High Schools, Scouts, And Others As Requested. The Purpose of the American Legion Post 28 Honor Guard is to Provide Military Rites For Deceased Honorable Discharged Veterans, Participate In A Limited Number of Parades, Present Programs On Americanism, Flag And Other Patriotic Ceremonies, Grade, High Schools, Scouts, And Others As Requested and To Participate In Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Flag Day Ceremonies And Others
Honor Guard 2016
We are honored to have a group of men and woman that Honor our veterans and their families. Our honor guard has 35 members at this time and 13 of them are part of our Rifle Team. In a year we do about 65 funerals, 4 school programs , 4 ‘Honor Veterans’ pinning ceremonies and we do about 2 Benefit’s honoring our veterans. Our Chaplain also visits with the sick and helps with funeral services.
This past year we had the honor of being at a funeral for an unclaimed veteran in Grand Rapids, our members stood guard of the casket and later went to Fort Custer for the interment.
Our Honor Guard does a flag train once a year so we can update all of our new members on the folding of the flag and the proper procedure for presenting the flag. At this time we have 3 teams trained in presentation. We also work alongside with all the branches of the service.
This past year we had the great honor of being part of the ‘Coopersville Wall of Honor’. This is a program where the school honors all students that have served in the military. They honored over 100 veterans with their pictures on a wall. They are working on the 2nd wall of another 50 veterans.
When we go to school programs we like to ask the question ‘Do you know which star is the Michigan star on the flag’.
On Flag Day we do a ‘Flag Retirement Program’ showing the proper way to honor the flag.
Being part of the Honor Guard is a wonderful way for all of us to keep our service time Honorable and have great comradeship together.
History of The American Legion Post 28 Honor Guard
A color guard was formed after World War II to honor the deceased Veterans from that war, at graveside Guard has Participated in about 45 funerals a year. Since 1990 the Honor The most funerals in a single year was in 2008 when we participated in 57 funerals.
There is no charge to Veterans Family for the services performed, but donations are accepted. This money is used to purchase fuel, Uniforms for members, up keep of the rifles and other items as they occur.
The designation of this unit was changed from Color Guard to Honor Guard in the year 2000.
The designation was changed due to the fact that the unit participated mostly in Military Rites for deceased veterans. A Color Guard is more flexible in that it marches in Parades and carries the Colors for other functions in addition to funeral duties.
Who is Eligible to join the Honor Guard?