Operation Honor Guard
Operation Honor Guard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gives charitable assistance to organizations that provide military funerals for veterans and service members.
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.
Flanner Buchanan Partners for a local Day of Giving
The cost of outfitting one honor guard member is more than $800.
This fall, Flanner Buchanan will partner with Operation Honor Guard to raise money to dress honor guard units in the Indianapolis area. Ninety percent of funds collected will stay in the local community, with only ten percent going to administrative costs.
The event will be held on Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Funds will be collected in three locations:
- Downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle (in front of Emmis Communications)
- Northside – Oaklawn Memorial Gardens 9700 Allisonville Road
- Southside – American Legion Post 355 – 7610 S. Meridian
Honor Guard members will be on-site to answer questions and collect donations of cash, check or credit card.
For more information, please contact: