Honor Guards, Pipe Bands, Ceremonial Units


Honor Guards, Pipe Bands, Ceremonial Units

For those interested in sharing ideas about ceremonies and other aspects of "honoring our fallen."

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Last reply by carl w french Aug 30, 2010.

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Comment by Adam Harvey on April 20, 2015 at 4:47pm

Hello, I belong to the Minnesota EMS Honor Guard. As far as we know we were the first to form a statewide EMS honor guard unit. Our creation started in the summer of 2002 with only a handful of volunteers, we now have over 29 members and still growing. Our primary focus is LoDD, however we do non-lodd and ceremonies so long as we have the volunteers. We have also performed at the national EMS memorial service in Colorado and Virginia, our founder and commander was recently asked to be the 2nd in command of services for nationals. We follow military recommendations for funeral services, and try to shadow the Old Guard for movements, we operate off of a 3 count. I have attached two pictures to this, one is of our 2015 executive board, and the other is of me with the ascot from the 2013 national memorial service. Our statewide service makes it easier to function and fund, we have partnered with the Minnesota ambulance association. We have also gained sponsorship from many of the ambulance services who help with various operating costs such as uniforms, or vehicles for travel. Otherwise we primarily fund ourselves through charity events (commemorative coins, t shirts, bike rides) or through investing.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Adam H
Allina Health EMS
MN EMS Honor Guard

Comment by Tim "Doc" on January 12, 2012 at 8:20am

One thing for everyone to remember is that when using the American flag on the casket as Will mentioned the Union (or blue field with the stars) is placed so it falls over the left shoulder of the deceased.  The casket should always be carried feet first, this applies to both pall bearers and how the casket is moved in the hearse.


Once the casket is placed for display, either in the chapel, church, or grave side, care should be taken to ensure the casket is positioned so that the deceased's head is to the left as viewed by the family.  This will ensure that when viewed, the flag is displayed properly with the union to the top left. 


If there are specific questions about burial honors you can catch me on email and I will try to answer what I can. Unfortunately as the "Greatest Generation" gets older, I seem to be doing more and more of these of late.

Comment by Brian Stewart on September 2, 2010 at 9:48am
Very sharp Laurens County EMS, welcome to the EMS Honor Guard community!!.
Comment by Bob Shick on August 31, 2010 at 3:41pm
Laurens County EMS Honor Guard "Swearing In Ceremony"
Laurens, South Carolina
Comment by Bob Shick on August 31, 2010 at 3:40pm

Comment by Paula Miller on August 5, 2010 at 9:20pm
Hi folks!

Anyone know of a bagpiper in Pennsylvania? We are planning a 9/11 ceremony which will be combined with the dedication of a memorial for our deceased members, and thought it would be a nice addition to the ceremony. My email is pennsdaleamb@comcast.net. Thanks.
Comment by Brian Stewart on July 31, 2009 at 12:34pm
I have recently established a state wide EMS Honor Guard funeral response team. We are offering professional funeral assistance for all Missouri EMS agencies without cost. We have a website at www.moemsfuneralteam.org. Check it out and give me any feedback, I would appreciate it. Thank you.
Comment by Skip Kirkwood on July 4, 2009 at 9:08pm
ANybody alive out there? We seem to have gone silent!
Comment by Brian Stewart on June 18, 2009 at 9:18am
Thank you for Will and Skip for your information on federal guidelines for the National Flag. Our Honor Guard has used the American Flag before on Line of Duty Deaths, but I'm looking for a flag we can use as a casket flag in place of the American Flag for Non Line of Duty Deaths. Does anyone know of or use an EMS Memorial type flag? Thank you, and stay safe.
Comment by jack Baker on February 23, 2009 at 11:17pm
I left a comment before and would like to add that we also use the canadian flag as well .In toronto we practise twice per month march til june we won first place at our warriors day parade.and it was quite an honour.We have a group with flags and rifles and a marching group.About 25 all total .Its a personal way to honour our ems brothers and sisters JB

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