Why it's important to get involved with Operation Honor Guard
When our military puts on their uniform, they commit to a life of service, dedication and sacrifice, all in defense of something bigger than themselves. As citizens of the nation they so nobly defend, it is our privilege and responsibility to stand behind them, ready and willing to provide them any support necessary. This doesn't end when these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines take their last breath.
These heroes have earned the right to be buried with military honors. Unfortunately, many communities lack the funds and resources needed to say farewell to these men and women in the manner they deserve. Operation Honor Guard, NFP provides charitable assistance to organizations working to provide military funerals for veterans and service members.
- Last year, Operation Honor Guard helped over 30 honor guard details in Central Illinois, and that is just the tip of the iceberg as we are expanding the program to include the Quad Cities
- On average there are 7 to 8 Honor Guard members at each military funeral
- It takes over $800.00 to completely outfit each honor guard member
On October 16, 2016, thanks to the generous support from hundreds of Quad Citians, WHBF, local Honor Guards & Operation Honor Guard raised nearly $5,000 that was distributed to seven area Honor Guard organizations. It was part of $178,000 raised nationwide.
Operation Honor Guard Day of Caring 2017 will be Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017. Mark your calendars!!
But you don't have to wait. Show your support for the important work of these Honor Guard units. Click here to donate today.