honor guard


Definition of honor guard

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Before long, in addition to U.S.O. trips and visits to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, honor guards and other staples of the military became a fixture at many of the N.F.L.’s biggest events, as well as those in other leagues. New York Times, "The N.F.L. Wears Patriotism on Its Sleeve. And Its Head. And Its Feet.," 3 Jan. 2020 Kaila Sullivan, who died while conducting a traffic stop last week, will include an honor guard and eulogies delivered by her brother and the Nassau Bay police chief. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Nassau Bay residents asked to ‘line the streets’ in remembrance of fallen sergeant," 18 Dec. 2019 The wind lifted and furled the flag as the honor guard left the funeral home. John Kuntz, cleveland, "Staff photographer John Kuntz’s Top 10 photos of the past 10 years," 26 Dec. 2019 Members of a Marine honor guard trailed behind, clad in navy blue uniforms, white caps and white gloves, marching ramrod-straight to muffled drums and the clip-clop of horse hoofs. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He was a baby when his dad died in Afghanistan. He’s 18 now, and the war still isn’t over.," 26 Nov. 2019 This trip, like most, included a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, with a chance to watch the changing of the honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "‘I Have Waited 68 Years to See This’: How Honor Flights Help Veterans Reflect," 11 Nov. 2019 When Rittner was shot to death in February during a raid, Smith was at home on his day off and learned through the honor guard's group chat of another on-duty police officer death. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On Veterans Day, and every other day, Milwaukee Marine remembers his fallen comrades," 11 Nov. 2019 Putin even paused to admire a traditional curved knife, a janbiya, worn by a member of the Saudi honor guard on hand. Jon Gambrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Russia’s Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Mideast trip," 14 Oct. 2019 The parade will include bands, floats, honor guards, ROTC units and more. orlandosentinel.com, "Moving Wall returns to Eustis as part of new VetFest," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of honor guard

1925, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Honor guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor%20guard. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of honor guard

chiefly US : a person or group that is the guard at a formal or ceremonial event (such as a military funeral or a parade)

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