The Honor Guard was established on October 1, 2012. We are a non-profit organization made up of volunteers of all ages from the various branches of the United States military service. Some veterans can only make a limited commitment, helping once a month; while others help once a week. Others participate daily as the need arises. We value all levels of commitment.
Our mission is to provide Military Funeral Honors to every veteran who is laid to rest at the State Veterans Cemetery.
We work with the staff of the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery located in Dunbar, WV, next to the WV State Police Academy. The Honor Guard consists of volunteers who act as pall bearers, a rifle team whom provides three volleys. a bugler whom plays taps, and members who fold and present the American flag to next of kin.
Our Other Activities
We also visit area schools and teach fifth grade students how to properly display the flag and what to do when the flag goes by in a parade or when the national anthem is played. We also teach students how to fold the flag and what each fold means. In addition, we participate in parades. Annually, we retire the American flags by burning them in a dignified ceremony.
Our uniform is provided free of charge by the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assisstance . This uniform includes; a lined black overcoat, suit jacket, wool shawl, two pairs of black pants, one belt, two long and two short sleeve white dress shirts, two black ties, and a pair of black patent leather shoes. The Honor Guard Association provides the following items, made possible through generous donations; a garrison cap with service pin, commemorative ribbons, white gloves, and patches for the white shirts.
We practice each Friday at the cemetery except when a service is scheduled. Our monthly association meeting is held on the first Friday of the month. However, if there is a service at that time, the meeting is rescheduled for the following Friday.
Come join our association and make new friends with a common goal of honoring fellow veterans. No fees or dues are required to be a member. For additional information on how to join our association or how to make a contribution, please contact Don Ryan at 304-546-0996.