The members of the Honor Guard are highly committed and dedicated, sometimes forced to spend a lot of time away from their families and jobs in order to render Honors, present colors, or take part in other military style activities. Those who have seen the Honor Guard at a service are amazed by their moving as a unit and shooting (in their chairs), or posting colors. They are also very appreciative and thankful to them. The Honor Guard has been increasingly in demand due to extensive media coverage, word-of-mouth referrals, and cutbacks by the Department of Defense (DOD) in providing funeral details.
In addition to rendering final salutes at numerous funerals throughout Texas, the Lone Star Paralyzed Veterans Association Honor Guard (LSPVA) have many ceremonies they participate in. The LSPVA Honor Guard is also involved in many community activities, including parades and ceremonies. The group has been invited to post the colors and fire 21-gun salutes with M1 rifles at several ceremonies, including Memorial and Veterans Day observances at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, City of Dallas, Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas and Ft. Worth, and the Dallas VA Hospital. Veterans Day and Memorial Day are two of the busiest weekends, with invitations to perform up to three times daily all around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The LSPVA Honor Guard had to form two teams in order to handle all the invitations, especially for the multiple-event days. In order to field two full teams, the Guard is raising funds to acquire more weapons, uniforms, and eventually transportation, so members can arrive at events as a team. Funds are also being raised to help pay for these funerals and final salutes, and is very much appreciated by a family, of those that couldn’t afford to bury their loved one, except through a loan.
The Honor Guard continues to practice weekly, honing their skills and raising funds in order to continue bestowing Honor on our nation's veterans.
May God Bless your Day and America!