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Operation Honor Guard

Bruce Buchanan, Fourth Generation Owner, and Maureen Lindley, Vice President Marketing presented donations in 2018 to local Honor Guard volunteer organizations totaling over $15,000.  Please join us in supporting these volunteers by donating today.

Flanner Buchanan Partners with Operation Honor Guard now through Veterans Day to raise $10,000 for veteran volunteers.

Did you know veterans donate their time and purchase their own uniforms to perform military rights at the funeral of a veteran? We believe they deserve our support for their efforts and the sacrifices they have already made to protect our freedom. Join us today by donating.

The online donation campaign is now open now through Veterans Day.  All donations can be submitted through the donate link on this page.

For more information, please contact:

Maureen Lindley
Flanner Buchanan
(317-362-7691)
mlindley@flannerbuchanan.com

Operation Honor Guard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gives charitable assistance to organizations that provide military funerals for veterans and service members.

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History of Operation Honor Guard

Rich Darby, Operation Honor Guard Founder

It started with Rich Darby whose family has owned funeral homes and cemeteries in Illinois, Indiana and Arizona for more than fifty years.

In August 2013, Rich, a licensed funeral director, was working a military funeral on an intensely hot and humid day at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville, Illinois, and was concerned with the heat and length of the service.

He shifted his focus to the Honor Guard — those who provide military rites at fallen veterans’ funerals. The volunteer veterans, averaging over 75 years of age, were standing at attention, obviously uncomfortable in the heat. He then noticed their extremely worn uniform jackets, mismatched pants, frayed flags and faded hats. He then remembered that the Honor Guard serve in all weather conditions, any time of day, and without compensation.

Rich founded Operation Honor Guard as a way to help these dedicated volunteer veterans.

Since 2013, Honor Guards have benefited from Operation Honor Guard grants with money raised from their National Day of Giving. It has now expanded from Illinois to five other states: Tennessee, California, Colorado, Michigan and Indiana. In 2017, it raised more than $300,000 and supported 105 Honor Guards.

For more information, please contact:

Maureen Lindley
Flanner Buchanan
(317-362-7691)
mlindley@flannerbuchanan.com