The Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 8627 is very proud of the tradition and history of its Color Guard. In the military of the United States, the Color Guard carries the National Colors and other flags appropriate to their position in the chain of command. Typically these include a unit flag and a departmental flag (Army, Marines, Navy, or Air Force). In addition to the flag bearers, who are positioned in the center of the color guard, there are two individuals who carry rifles to guard the colors.
Since early history, flags and banners have been used by armies in battle. They served several purposes: to identify units, for signaling and to be a common point of reference for the movements of the soldiers in the unit, enabling them to keep formation. The flag was also a symbol of the unit. The loss of a unit's flag was not only shameful, but losing this central point of reference could make the unit break up. To protect the flag, a detachment of soldiers was assigned to guard the flag.
Our Color Guard participates in many parades, ceremonies, events,
and honoring our fallen comrades. We take great pride in what we do,
and still look good doing it! Thank you all that have served, and
the families that stand by them!
To request the participation of the Color/ Memorial or information regarding funeral honors
contact VFW 8627 Post Commander @ firstname.lastname@example.org
VFW Memorial Post 8627 Memorial Team participates in Memorial and Celebratory Services when called upon; representing the VFW in general and specifically VFW Memorial Post 8627.
requests are honored from any Veterans representative for
services within the local area. Celebratory Services are accepted
from local Civic Organizations.
The Memorial Team typically includes a prayer read by our Post
Chaplain. The American Flag which covers the casket is folded
ceremoniously above the casket into a triangle, and presented to the
next of kin.
Our rifle squad, in close order drill, fires three volleys with their M-1 Garand rifles to honor the deceased veteran
(The practice of firing three rifle volleys over the grave originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared their dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to fight again. The fact that the firing party consists of seven riflemen, firing these volleys does not constitute a 21-gun-salute. It is the three volleys that are significant, not the number of rifles. Three volleys fired over the casket have become a tradition to mean the dead have been cared for. It has evolved into a military salute for the deceased serving their country. Firing the three volleys over the casket is one of the highest honors to give a deceased military veteran. Our nation’s highest honor is a flag draped over the casket, folded and presented.
Tradition is to place three spent shell casings inside the folded flag to prove now and forevermore that the deceased and his/her flag have had proper military honors. Nothing else is to be placed inside the flag.) The remaining brass is placed in a small zip lock bag and presented to the family as a memento of this service by the honor guard Captain. We suggest to the family that they may wish to polish and engrave the loved ones name and date upon them and make them a special gift for someone special or place them in a shadowbox.
The finale is a brilliant but haunting sound of "Taps" by our Memorial Team bugler. This lasting tribute to our deceased veteran is provided free of charge by VFW Memorial Post 8627, and it always elevates this sad occasion by giving recognition, and ceremony to those that served their country in the military.
VFW Memorial Post 8627 Color Guard/Memorial Team does not and has never charged for any services it performs. The members are all dedicated volunteers, The Color Guard/Memorial Team does not receive any financial support from the state or military. Donations to "VFW Memorial Post 8627 Color Guard/Memorial Team" are always welcome but not a factor in a veterans receiving Military Honors, for "What we do, Comes from the heart!"
Our Color Guard/Memorial Team members are dedicated volunteers who purchase their own shoes, pants, ribbons and shirts just to be a member, not to forget fuel and vehicle expenses. With fund raisers and donations, the Color Guard/Memorial Team members maintains its uniforms items, equipment and supplies.
All donations are tax deductible and ask they be made out to:
Letters of appreciation with our Tax ID number are mailed to all our supporters.