Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Movement supporting military funerals becomes nationwide organization

Operation Honor Guard (OHG), a movement started by Trigard Chief Operating Officer Rich Darby, has become a nationally-recognized charitable organization, recently receiving non-profit status and a federal trademark.

In 2013, Darby attended a graveside service in Danville, IL and saw the worn and mismatched uniforms of the volunteer Honor Guard, a ceremonial unit who performs military honors at funerals for veterans and service members. He knew he wanted to help, so Darby created Operation Honor Guard.

Over the last three years, this organization raised funds for 30 Honor Guard units in Central Illinois. Darby believed this success could be repeated nationwide and applied for 501 (C)(3) status and a registered service mark. Operation Honor Guard recently received both, allowing the organization to make a coast-to-coast impact. During Operation Honor Guard’s recent Day of Giving, OHG raised $180,000 nationally.

You can join the movement and help support Honor Guard units. Visit