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2013 Police Week Honor Guard Competition Results!

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2013 Police Week Honor Guard Competition Results!

2013 Results / Place Finished
Team Name
1st Place

United States Border Patrol

2nd Place

Metro Nashville Police

3rd Place

Peel Regional Police, Canada

4th Place

Tennessee Highway Patrol

5th Place

Washington State Patrol

6th Place

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA

7th Place

Orlando Police, FL

8th Place

Clayton County Sheriff, GA

9th Place

DeKalb Police, GA

Chief Judge’s Award

United States Border Patrol

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Honor Guard Competitions: What I’d Like to See

Here is how a color team is currently required to post the colors in a competition:

 

I don’t understand the reasoning behind the current competition procedure. When will a team see this type of setup in an actual ceremony? Why not make each phase of a competition relevant? The other phases (flag fold, casket watch) mimic the same conditions required during the actual ceremonies. The following illustration shows how color teams typically post/present the colors. This is what we should see at all honor guard competitions:

Just like cadet drill competitions, relevance is a big plus for all regulation and ceremonial drill phases and the World Drill Association Adjudication System has everything already built into it. Check it out!

Honoring Fallen Firefighters: Annual Memorial Weekend

On the West Coast

The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, located in the shadow of Pike’s Peak, is to honor the sacrifice made by IAFF members who serve as professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty.

The IAFF will ensure that the ceremony remains an uplifting one for the families, friends and loved ones, and that it celebrates the lives, heroism and accomplishments of our union’s bravest of the brave. For more information, click here.

For IAFF Honor Guard information, click here.

On the East Coast

Memorial Park
Each October, a grateful Nation honors its fallen fire service heroes at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The park is located about 90 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland.

At the heart of the park, the National Fallen Firefighters Monument is a striking stone monument encircled by plaques listing the names of all members of the fire service who have died in the line-of-duty since 1981. A brick Walk of Honor® connects the National Monument to the historic Memorial Chapel, which houses the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s business office and gift shop. At the far end of the park stands the 9/11 Memorial, To Lift A Nation. In 2011, a brick plaza and walkway were added in front of the sculpture. (Click here for more.)

Bells Across America
The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station. Click here for more.

To our nation’s firefighters: Thank you for what you do each day, God bless you all!

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National Police Week

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year. (From www.policeweek.org/index.html)

My interest lies in the National Police Week Honor Guard Competition. The competition has different parts: a pipe band competition and the honor guard competition. The honor guards go through an inspection, colors posting and an ceremonial/exhibition phase where each team not only execute some fancy rifle work, but some teams also present a folded flag or offer some other ceremonial segment.

Newly added to the Downloads page here at The Drill Master Routine Mapping Tool (RMT) specifically for Police Week! The Police Week RMT is marked off for a 30″ step in a 35′ x 75′ rectangle. Write your routine and map it out to keep all of your teammates current on the sequence. Download it here!

Here is a sample of the ceremonial/exhibition drill performance.

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To all of the attendees for the coming year: Thank you for keeping our streets safe. Do your best and have a great time!

National Honor Guard Academy Hosts 2013 Competition

Firefighter and EMS honor guard teams from around the country will gather for the annual National Honor Guard Academy Competition on April 26, 2013. The competition includes:

  • Inspection
  • Colors Posting
  • Casket Watch
  • Casket Carry and Flag Fold

Visit the NHGA website for more details and to register!

And remember

SEMPER AD HONOREM!