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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In Hay, two Aboriginal men escorted the hearse into a park, where an honor guard of teenage boys carried the coffin to an ancient purification ceremony that involved cleansing it with smoking eucalyptus leaves. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 Charles hosted a tea at Clarence House, joined Trump for an inspection of the honor guard and represented the queen at a return banquet at Winfield House. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Queen Elizabeth II, master of soft power, celebrates her 93rd birthday with a massive parade," 8 June 2019 The photos showed the honor guard waiting for and then carrying the casket, while the ground crew stood at attention. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "An entire airport came to a halt to honor the remains of a returning Vietnam veteran," 8 Aug. 2019 Non-Muslims, many of them members of Christian congregations, are in attendance, laying flowers, joining in prayer, forming cordons and honor guards to symbolize their desire to protect their fellow worshipers from harm. Michael Bradley, National Geographic, "‘This isn’t us? Oh but it is.’ New Zealand grapples with its history," 19 Mar. 2019 Six members of an Air Force honor guard marched in unison toward the plane and then carried the coffin. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, "Colonel Killed in Vietnam War Finally Came Home. His Son Flew the Plane.," 9 Aug. 2019 Thankfully for one honor guard member in Texas last week, a 10-year-old boy was looking out for him. Doug Criss And Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "An honor guard member's shoelaces became untied during a parade. Then this 10-year-old boy leaped into action," 8 July 2019 As Queen Elizabeth’s guest of honor at a state banquet, Trump happily played the role of the honored guest, enjoying all the trappings — mirrored ballrooms and motorcades, honor guards and 21-gun salutes — that come along with the presidency. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "For Trump, it’s all personal; ideology takes second place," 7 June 2019 Mississippi Highway Patrol honor guard members fired a 21-gun salute outside the Capitol. Emily Wagster Pettus, Fox News, "Former US Sen. Cochran draws bipartisan praise at funeral," 5 June 2019

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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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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