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    Honor Guard 101: Line of Duty Funeral Protocol

    Honor Guard 101: Line of Duty Funeral Protocol
    You get one chance to make a first impression. This is the motto all Honor Guard commanders and coordinators should have when planning the funeral of a fallen officer. I have had the unfortunate task of coordinating three line-of-duty funerals for the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department in my 18 years on the team. It will be one of the most ...
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    Honor Guard 101: The 21 Gun Salute

    Honor Guard 101: The 21 Gun Salute
    The twenty-one gun salute is one of the most ceremonial honors paid to officers that are killed in the line of duty. I want to talk about this honor in some detail to give Honor Guard Commanders an understanding of the protocol involving the use of a firing party at a police funeral. _Firing parties should only be used when an ...
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    Honor Guard 101: Presenting the Colors

    Honor Guard 101: Presenting the Colors
    The Presentation of the Colors is perhaps the most common assignment most honor guards perform each year. It is also one of the best opportunities you have to project a professional, polished image of your department to a large and varied segment of your community. You and your team inspire feelings of patriotism and pride in observers every time you present ...
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    Honor Guard 101: Retiree Funerals

    Honor Guard 101: Retiree Funerals
    Paying last respects to the ones who wore the uniform before us is one the highest honors the Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard carries out as team members. I want to discuss what we do to render honors to a fallen or retired officer at the time of their viewing. In this article I will discuss the topic of casket ...
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    4th Annual Fairfax County Police Honor Guard Training Seminar

    4th Annual Fairfax County Police Honor Guard Training Seminar
    The Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard will be hosting a three day training seminar June 28th, 29th and 30th, 2009. This will be our fourth seminar. We have received very positive feedback from previous attendees, including this past year's contingent from Canada. We have broken down the training into seven training stations which we will rotate every 75 minutes. We ...
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    Honor Guard 101: Urn Procedures

    Honor Guard 101: Urn Procedures
    [photo:375980] [photo:375983] [photo:375986] [photo:375989] In this article I will talk about the honors given to a fallen officer who is cremated. As Honor Guard commanders you should make contact with the funeral director to see what type of urn the family has selected; urns come in all shapes, sizes and weights. A folded National Flag should be dropped off at the ...
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