honor guard

noun

Definition of honor guard

: a guard assigned to a ceremonial duty (such as to accompany a casket at a military funeral)

Examples of honor guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In another, a mobile Iwo Jima statue rolls as an honor guard stands at attention. Josh Susong, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 About 10,000 members of the honor guard stretched down Washington Street for the 10 a.m. funeral. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 Cousins who in some cases had not seen one another in years watched as an honor guard fired a 21-gun salute. New York Times, 11 June 2022 The parade would start and end with the city police, an honor guard up front, a cruiser bringing up the rear. Anchorage Daily News, 23 Nov. 2021 The Shamrock Club Choir will sing the liturgy and the Shamrock Club Color Guard will stand as honor guard for the Mass. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2022 Young's casket arrived on the Hill just before 11 a.m., and lawmakers, including Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, gathered nearby to watch the honor guard carry him up the east front steps. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 29 Mar. 2022 During a funeral replete with a salute of gunfire and an Air Force honor guard’s ceremonial folding of the American flag that draped his casket, William’s final wish to be buried in his dress uniform and next to his beloved wife was carried out. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 5 Feb. 2022 The Queen's youngest son inspected an honor guard of police officers who have served for over 20 years. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of honor guard

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of honor guard was in 1925

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2 Aug 2022

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“Honor guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor%20guard. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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