"We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance.... let no neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic."
Major General John Logan, 1868
VFW Post 2503 Honor Guard was formed on March 17, 1970. The Honor Guard is an all-volunteer, unpaid team that is limited to 40 members. We currently have 25 members and are actively seeking to add to our number.
Since 1980, the Honor Guard provided military honors to 200 to 360 deceased veterans each year. We have provided military honors to well over 7,500 veterans.
Post 2503 Honor Guard participates in a wide range of community support activies each year such as parades, flag ceremonies, the College World Series, schools, retirement homes, civic organizational meetings, concerts, college graduations and a myriad of similar functions to post the colors and provide information about flag etiquette, military honors programs, the pledge of allegiance, and a wide array of related topics. We spend considerable time working with the school systems to inform and educate children about our nation's history in armed conflicts and what veterans have done for our country.
The flag of our country is often a topic of discussion at many of the places we are asked to be present at. We are often asked what the flag stands for, how to honor it, and how to display and fly it. The pledge of allegiance is often a topic of discussion.
Full military Honors consists of firing three volleys, the playing of Taps, along with the folding and presenting of our Nation's flag to the next of kin. As World War II Veterans have aged, the number of funerals increased significantly. For example, from 2003 through 2009 the VFW Post 2503 Honor Guard worked with 20 + funeral homes and performed military honors at 25 + cemeteries to honor over 2,200 veterans. We are a well recognized unit throughout Omaha and Nebraska.
Some of the veterans that we honor have a large contingent of family and friends in attendance at their funeral. Others die alone. We are there in any type of weather, at well attended funerals or when the deceased is alone, to honor our departed comrade. We ensure no Veteran has to take their final march alone. The unofficial motto of the Honor Guard is 'It's an Honor". We as Honor Guard members truly feel honored to pay final tribute to a fellow veteran.
Won't you consider joining us? Contact any of the following to learn more about joining the VFW Post 2503 Honor Guard: