AMVETS Post 81

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1910 N Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33903

 

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Local Amvets Honor Guard available for ceremonies, events

Presently the Honor Guard is Unavailable as of July 2017

‚ÄčThis Page will be updated when the Honor Guard is back in Operation

 

 

 

If being an Honor Guard Member were Easy, anyone could be one. You have to want to be an Elite Member, stand out, presentation, be proud and earn Respect

 

 

If you are interested in becoming Elite Member of the Honor Guard and

the AMVETS POST 81, Please contact the Post or stop by and Speak to the Commander

Dress Code is Required

Performace is Required

Marching is Required

Ability to Carry and Fire an M1 is Required

 

An honor guard unit performs ceremonial duties at funerals, special events and at national monuments. Honor guard units exist in active branches of the military, as well as veteran's groups, such as the AMVETS (AMERICAN VETERANS), American Legion, law enforcement, firefighters and the Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations. Honor guard members carry the American flag, along with special ceremonial flags representing a particular group and geographic area.

Regulations and Guidelines

Honor guard members must adhere to a stringent set of guidelines, which include physical ability. Unit members can be male or female. A neat appearance, which includes short hair and a clean-shaven face, are standard requirements for honor guard members. Females are typically permitted to secure hair with a rubber band and tuck it firmly under the helmet. Good moral character and exemplary conduct of honor guard members is required both in and out of uniform. Honor guard members are typically of similar weight and height to create a seamless and uniform unit appearance.

Guard Types

Honor guard teams commonly consist of three distinct units: a color guard, parade unit and drill team. Training classes to become a unit member, as well as refresher courses, are required to remain on a ceremonial honor guard team. Classes traditionally encompass instruction in parade etiquette, advanced marching, protocol, rifle maneuvers, mock funeral processions and presentation of flags.

Guard Movements

Ceremonial guards must learn standard movements before permission is granted to participate in unit events. Commands, which must be mastered, include standing at proper attention, parade rest, fall out, at ease, formation of flight, present arms, open ranks, presentation of colors (flags) and retiring colors.

Funeral Processions

Funeral processions are one of the primary duties of a ceremonial honor guard unit. Escorting a fallen hero to a final resting place is considered one of the highest forms of respect offered by an honor guard unit. By law, a military funeral with honors is offered for any veteran when requested by family members. After escorting the body to the graveside, the honor guard folds and presents an American flag to the designated next of kin. The ceremony proceeds to the 21-gun salute and playing of Taps. Honor guard members serve as pallbearers at the request of the family.

Parade and Drill Units

Parade units perform at special events, such as parades and opening ceremonies. The carrying of the American and additional representational flags is the main focus on parade teams. This type of team also routinely performs at Veteran's and Memorial Day ceremonies. A presentation of wreaths and a 21-gun salute are also aspects of honor guard duties performed at special events. Drill unit members practice intricate maneuvers with either rifles or swords. The stiff and precision movements are enhanced by sharp clicking sounds of the weapons and shoe heels.

 

 

 

By ANDREA GALABINSKI, nfmneighbor@breezenewspapers.com

 

    The North Fort Myers-based Amvets Post 81 Honor Guard is a visible group throughout Southwest Florida, presenting colors at functions ranging from Veterans Day events, to parades, from solemn graveside services to softball league opening events. "We present colors at a lot of functions," said organizer Jack Wadell. "We are also currently available for community events and ceremonies." They provide their appearances at no charge, but do accept donations.

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   Amvets Post 81 Honor Guard at the Buccaneer Estates Memorial Garden dedication earlier this year. Participants from left include Dennis Densmore, Walter Ahmad, L. Jack Wadell, Carole Ahmad, Buglar Jerry Cavender, Ellen LaRochelle, Sondra Wadell, Al Peirolo, (back row) Tom Schroat, Pat Schroat and Gary G.W. Blanton. Current members also include other members of the local guard include Jim Scofield, Ed Tucker and Doug Robeson.

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The Story of Taps

   The 24-note melancholy bugle call known as “taps” is thought to be a revision of a French bugle signal, called “tattoo,” that notified soldiers to cease an evening’s drinking and return to their garrisons. It was sounded an hour before the final bugle call to end the day by extinguishing fires and lights. The last five measures of the tattoo resemble taps.
The word “taps” is an alteration of the obsolete word “taptoo,” derived from the Dutch “taptoe.” Taptoe was the command — “Tap toe!” — to shut (“toe to”) the “tap” of a keg.
The revision that gave us present-day taps was made during America’s Civil War by Union Gen. Daniel Adams Butterfield, heading a brigade camped at Harrison Landing, Va., near Richmond. Up to that time, the U.S. Army’s infantry call to end the day was the French final call, “L’Extinction des feux.” Gen. Butterfield decided the “lights out” music was too formal to signal the day’s end. One day in July 1862 he recalled the tattoo music and hummed a version of it to an aide, who wrote it down in music. Butterfield then asked the brigade bugler, Oliver W. Norton, to play the notes and, after listening, lengthened and shortened them while keeping his original melody.
He ordered Norton to play this new call at the end of each day thereafter, instead of the regulation call. The music was heard and appreciated by other brigades, who asked for copies and adopted this bugle call. It was even adopted by Confederate buglers.
This music was made the official Army bugle call after the war, but not given the name “taps” until 1874.
The first time taps was played at a military funeral may also have been in Virginia soon after Butterfield composed it. Union Capt. John Tidball, head of an artillery battery, ordered it played for the burial of a cannoneer killed in action. Not wanting to reveal the battery’s position in the woods to the enemy nearby, Tidball substituted taps for the traditional three rifle volleys fired over the grave. Taps was played at the funeral of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson 10 months after it was composed. Army infantry regulations by 1891 required taps to be played at military funeral ceremonies.
Taps now is played by the military at burial and memorial services, to accompany the lowering of the flag and to signal the “lights out” command at day’s end.

  

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