What is Operation Honor Guard Day of Giving?
WATE 6 On Your Side is proud to once again partner with Operation Honor Guard for the annual donation drive. This year it will take place in early November with options to donate through a phone bank or online. This annual fundraiser is the primary source of income for Operation Honor Guard and the local Honor Guard units the funds support. The event is set for Thursday, November 4.
Donations can be made online at WATE.com, and via phone from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. That phone number and donation website will be posted soon! Honor Guard units will not be accepting donations in person again this year due to the pandemic.
Where does the money raised go?
Money collected during the Operation Honor Guard Day of Giving will support local Honor Guard units: Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard, East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard, Veterans Military Honor Guard of Pigeon Forge, Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard, Loudon County Veterans Honor Guard and American Legion Post 104 Honor Guard. It is the goal of the Honor Guard to offer a last tribute of respect to their departed comrades by rendering military funeral honors. Honors are provided to any honorably discharged veterans without any regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, or military rank. There is no cost for this service to the family and the individuals representing the Honor Guards are all volunteers.
These six East Tennessee Honor Guards that the event supports serve at more than 550 military funerals per year. According to Operation Honor Guard, it costs about $125 to dispatch and serve at a funeral. This cost doesn’t account for the cost of uniforms, which can run as much as $800 for each member. That means Operation Honor Guard will need more than $68,000 to support these units for just one year.
The 2021 Operation Honor Guard fund drive is sponsored by Knoxville Wholesale Furniture, Pilot, Rose Mortuary and Guardian Foundation Repair. WATE would like to express deep gratitude to these partners for helping to make this effort possible.