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National Police Week Honor Guard Tribute

May 14, 2023

U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool, 3rd St SW Washington, DC

2023 Team Performance Time May 14th
8 am - approximately 4 pm

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About the Event

The Steve Young National Honor Guard Exhibition & Tribute provides an opportunity for law enforcement organizations to perform ceremonious and patriotic tributes for public viewing. These teams are a highly dedicated group of law enforcement officers that represent organizations from all across this great nation and Canada. They converge on the Nation’s Capital every year for National Police Week, where peace officers are honored for their dedicated service to the protection of our communities. The day of May 15th is known as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, a day when the nation honors those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This event is the tribute that these teams give to honor our fallen officers and their families.

The Steve Young National Honor Guard Exhibition & Tribute is named after past national President Steve Young.

Overview of the Honor Guard Event

1. Team Inspection Drill

The team leader shall present the team for judging at the Inspection Line. The team shall come to “Attention", then remain at attention until dismissed. When the Team Leader is satisfied that his team is ready, he shall take his position in front of the team and inform the judge that the team is ready for inspection. The Leader will then be inspected for neatness, cleanliness, and military bearing. The remaining team members will then be inspected for conformity to the leader’s uniform.

2. Color Guard

When the inspection portion for each team is completed, the flags will be brought to the flag bearer/s. Not all team members are required to Post Colors but all team members must participate. Judging begins in this event when the judge instructs the leader to begin. Each team will immediately begin the “Posting of the Colors.” Each team will post a minimum of two colors.

3. Exhibition Phase

This phase will consist of a performance that all team members must participate in. The performance must last no more than Eight (8) minutes and teams that go over the time limit will receive demerits however, teams using less than 8 minutes will not be penalized. The event time will begin once the team’s leader has his team assembled and gives an audible command to the judge that the team is ready.

2022 Honor Guard Rankings

1st Place

U.S. Border Patrol

2nd Place

Florida Highway Patrol

3rd Place

US Capitol Police

Chief Judge Award

Union Township Police Department

2022 Pipe and Drum Rankings

1st Place

US Customs and Border Protection

2nd Place

Chicago Police Department

3rd Place

Austin Police Department

Dress and Deportment Award

Chicago Police Department

Overview of the Pipe Band Event

Teams will provide a performance to honor those being remembered during National Police Week at our nation's capitol. They will provide a good-natured competition between public service pipe bands to increase camaraderie and encourage pipe bands to perform quality and appropriate music while honoring fallen law enforcement officers. These performances are a tribute to the fallen peace officers, their families and to those law enforcement officers across our nation that will stand vigilant in protecting our communities tonight and every night.

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