They serve. They still serve today.

When our military puts on their uniform, they commit to a life of service, dedication and sacrifice, all in defense of something bigger than themselves. As citizens of the nation they so nobly defend, it is our privilege and responsibility to stand behind them, ready and willing to provide them any support necessary. This doesn’t end when these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines take their last breath.

Nearly every day of the year, you can find a group of volunteers standing guard and performing military rites at veteran’s funerals in East Tennessee. This group of volunteers is known as the Honor Guard.

The Honor Guard serves our nation’s veteran’s on any day, at any time, in any weather condition without any compensation. The American Legion Posts that support these Honor Guards have a number of costs associated with their service including the cost of flags, uniforms, transportation, guns and ammunition.

On average, there are seven to eight Honor Guard members at each military funeral. It takes over $800 to completely outfit each honor guard member.

Help WATE 6 On Your Side fund honor guards throughout Eastern Tennessee. Participate in our Day of Giving on October 11, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to help. During the Day of Giving, WATE 6 On Your Side will partner with businesses and the community to raise donations to provide the necessary means to allow for all of our veteran’s and their families to receive the honor of the send off they so greatly deserve.

Visit operationhonorguard.us for more information.

WATE 6 On Your Side’s Operation Honor Guard Sponsors

Rose Mortuary Carson Newman University East Tennessee Chevy Dealers
CertaPro Painters International Association of Steal Workers Pilot Flying J

How Operation Honor Guard was born

You see honor guards at military funerals. They help give a fitting and proper goodbye to someone who has served their country.