Robert Diaz Lopez
All American VFW Post #6310
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013
9152 W. Van Buren
Tolleson, AZ 85353

Home About + Officers + Events + Join the VFW Programs + Photos Links Post News Forms + Contact Us

Honor Guard

We Want You!
We have one of the best Honor Guards in the Department of Arizona.  Some members make almost all of the ceremonies, while others have to work and can only make some.  Anyone wishing to participate in the Honor Guard Program should contact
Frank Leon at 623 910-2636.

Post #6310's Honor Guard is certified by the U. S. Air Force and is on call anytime.

Frank Leon

Any request for a military funeral the Post receives is presented to our Honor Guard commander, Frank Leon.  Frank arranges all the meetings, practices, and finally, the ceremony.  He also maintains the rifles used during the ceremony, as well as the ammunition. 

Post #6310's Honor Guard is also certified by the U. S. Air Force, and participates in funerals conducted by the Air Force.

The Honor Guard from VFW Post #6310 of Tolleson, Arizona participates in Memorial and Celebratory Services when called upon; representing the VFW in general and specifically VFW Post #6310.

Memorial Service requests are honored from any Veterans representative for services within the local area. Celebratory Services are accepted from local Civic Organizations.

The Honor Guard Service typically includes a prayer read by our Post Commander and a prayer read by our Chaplain. The American Flag which covers the casket is folded ceremoniously above the casket into a triangle, and presented to the next of kin.

Our rifle squad, in close order drill, fires three volleys with their M-1 rifles to honor the deceased veteran.

(The practice of firing three rifle volleys over the grave originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared their dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to fight again. The fact that the firing party consists of seven riflemen, firing these volleys does not constitute a 21-gun-salute. It is the three volleys that are significant, not the number of rifles. Three volleys fired over the casket have become a tradition to mean the dead have been cared for. It has evolved into a military salute for the deceased serving their country. Firing the three volleys over the casket is one of the highest honors to give a deceased military veteran. Our nationís highest honor is a flag draped over the casket, folded and presented. Tradition is to place three spent shell casings inside the folded flag to prove now and forevermore that the deceased and his flag have had proper military honors. Nothing else is to be placed inside the flag.)

The finale is a brilliant but haunting sound of "Taps" by our Honor Guard bugler. This lasting tribute to our deceased veteran is provided free of charge by VFW Post #6310, and it always elevates this sad occasion by giving recognition, and ceremony to those that served their country in the military.





Julio Martinez

Ralph Arvizu

Keith Roulstone

Hector Acosta

Stan Trinidad

Andy Alcaraz

David Ramirez

Pete Rosales

Mike Talerico

Tony Castro

Ray Rosales

Willy Amavisca

Paul Sausedo

Simon Amavisca

Frank Moreno

Art Perez

From left to right; Tony Castro, Andy Alcaraz, Paul Sausedo, Julio  Martinez,
Willy Amavisca, Mike Talerico, Ralph Arvizu, Keith Roulstone, Frank Leon, and Pete Rosales

Flag Folding Practice

Back to Top