The purpose of the American Legion Honor Guard is to honor the service and sacrifice of honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The dedicated members of the Post 287 Honor Guard render military honors at an average of 50 funerals per year for veterans in northwest Missouri.
Our Post considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the families of deceased veterans; therefore, our team members aspire and adhere to the highest standards of American Legion Honor Guard protocols and professionalism. We currently have 12 volunteer Post 287 members serving on our Funeral Honors Team, which is comprised of Legionnaires, American Legion Riders, and Sons of The American Legion members.
The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated by law. A military funeral demands detailed information and specific steps to be taken. Families are entitled to a flag folding, flag presentation, and the playing of taps. At the funeral or gravesite, the honors from our Post will include a 3-volley rifle salute, folding and presentation of the flag (by us or military members), and the playing of taps. The family is also presented with the shells from the rifle salute.
If the Veteran is a member of Post 287, the family is also read and presented with a Post Everlasting Certificate, which reads:
"Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God, the Great Commander, to summon to the immortal legions our beloved comrade, _____________, and Whereas, We humbly bow to the will of Divine Providence, while ever cherishing in our hearts the memory of distinguished service to our country and outstanding contributions to American Legion comradeship; now, therefore, be in Resolved, That Dick Munkres Post No. 287, The American Legion does mourn the passing of our comrade, _____________, That we commend to all the works, and to God the spirit; and be it further Resolved, That in token of our common grief, a copy of this resolution transferring _____________ to Post Everlasting, The American Legion, be presented to the next of kin."
Regardless of the weather conditions (or COVID-19), the American Legion Post 287 Honor Guard will be there when called upon to serve.
Your funeral director will take care of arranging Military Honors at your request. You can specify our Post 287 if you wish.
We participate in community activities, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran's Day parades and ceremonies. We also Post Colors for various events.
We partner with local schools and Boy Scouts for veteran-related projects and events, such as National Anthem ceremonies and Posting of Colors.