From the Homefront: The Arlington Ladies

This small team of nine ensures that no member of our Coast Guard family is buried at Arlington National Cemetery alone. They are known as the Arlington Ladies.

Coast Guard Family Month: The Honor Guard’s creed; a commitment to servicemembers and their families

The Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard has a unique duty to represent the Commandant, the Military District of Washington and the United States Coast Guard through ceremonial operations held before world leaders and dignitaries. But they also have the distinct honor to help ensure that families have a special moment to remember their loved ones’ service to their country. This includes providing military honors for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue to the post to read one Honor Guardsman’s thoughts on what it means to be part of such an humbling event.

Lt. Cmdr. Richard Stoud (retired) plas Taps at the Coast Guard Memorial. Photo courtesy of retired Lt. Cmdr. Richard Stoud.

Volunteer buglers honor veterans through “Taps”

In 2000, a Marine, Tom Day, decided digital Taps was unacceptable. To address this, Tom Day created a volunteer organization called Bugles Across America. The member of this group, over 7,000 strong, sound Taps at funerals, memorial ceremonies, grave markings and veterans ceremonies across the country. In 2012, a retired Washington, D.C., Air Force trumpeter, Jari Villanueva, founded a group called Taps for Veterans to provide a similar corps of volunteers to sound live Taps during honors.