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The Washington County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard is a tradition that began in 1991. This nine-member team wears specially designed formal uniforms that pay tribute to the national and state flags they bear. The personal discipline of each member, combined with many hours of training, ensures crisp, clean movements in unison as they move in military fashion during processions.
The Honor Guard represents the Sheriff's Office at many ceremonies that require the national and state flags to embellish the event and preserve traditions. The Honor Guard posts colors at agency and public events, including swearing-in ceremonies, parades, and other ceremonies deemed appropriate by command staff. A Color Guard detail consists of four or five individuals whose purpose is to guard, carry, and post the national and state flags at formal functions.
The Honor Guard also participates in formal public memorial services, funeral services for dignitaries and active or retired members of the agency, as well as line of duty deaths of both agency members and law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions. At these occasions, the honor guard may perform a firing detail consisting of seven individuals whose purpose is to fire three volleys (a 21-gun salute) at internments or memorial ceremonies.
If you have an event in which the Honor Guard may be of assistance in presenting the national colors, performing a flag folding ceremony in tribute or rendering a rifle salute, please contact Patrol Sergeant Joe Noffsinger at (503) 846-2446. Please include the event date, time, and location, the sponsoring organization, the role you would like the honor guard to fill, and also the name of the person we can contact for more information.