The LEMA Honor Guard, officially formed in 1991, is a ceremonial unit of active duty law enforcement officers from departments throughout Minnesota. This 36 member unit is trained to provide military honors at funerals for Minnesota peace officers who have died in the line of duty.
The LEMA Honor Guard has been trained by the US Army 3d Infantry, The Old Guard, in memorial affairs. The Honor Guard can carry out various missions including Colors Details, Firing Party, and Casket Details including pall-bearing and ceremonial flag folding.
Membership on the Honor Guard is limited to active duty, full time peace officers of public law enforcement agencies in Minnesota. Members must complete a selection process including a resume review, oral interview, physical evaluation, and a background investigation. Members are required to have the support of their department as well. All incoming members are required to attend basic training at LEMA's Honor Guard Camp. This 40-hour training camp provides new members with drill instruction and advanced training in Colors details, ceremonial guard duty, ceremonial firing details, and LEMA's precision rifle inspection routine using fully functional M14 rifles. For more information regarding honor guard camp see the training camp section of this web site.
If you'd like to see a complete list of LEMA Honor Guard members from the "Original 16" to the "Class of 2013" please click here for a printable PDF version.