New Milford honor guard members sought
In the past, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion have had color guards who accomplished tasks during ceremonies and parades, but the veterans are aging and unable to carry them out as they have in the past.
Veterans who have an honorable discharge from the military or are active- duty military personnel and can participate as an honor guard member are welcome.
The duty of an honor guard member is one who is part of the detachment of veterans assigned to protecting of the colors.
The colors are generally carried by the senior member of the honor guard. Others in the five-man front carry the colors of the local veterans organization.
They are flanked by two honor guard members with rifles assigned to the protection of the colors.
A number of honor guard members are needed to carry a flag for each branch of the service in column two of the honor guard.
The honor guard ceremoniously participates in the Memorial Day parade and festivities, the Veterans Day ceremony and the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony.
The honor guard also performs at military funerals.
Three rifle bearers, two flag folders, a presenter and one horn player are needed to perform taps.