ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An honor guard training program is in the second day of a three-day session in Albany.
Staff has come from Forsyth to offer training to public safety employees who want to be a member of an honor to present the flag at ceremonies and public events like sporting contests, parades, and funerals.
Police, and fire officers, and EMTs are some of the people who are taking part in the training here. Some have come from coastal Georgia to take part.
The Albany Police Department is hosting the Honor Guard training this week at the Albany Civic Center. 21 law enforcement and first responders from as far as Pooler have come for the three day training.
State certified instructors are teaching the seven different ways to do flag presentations and march in step.
They don't receive pay for this. "It's volunteer. It's what we want to do to represent the department. To show respect for that officer," said Officer Kalandra Peterson. Albany Police Honor Guard Coordinator.
"Especially on the law enforcement side right now, being under attack the way they are, they need to always demonstrate pride in what they do. We say polish the badge, don't tarnish it," said Asst. Fire Chief Eddie Robinson, Honor Guard Instructor.
The Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard has a large unit that represents the State of Georgia and the Department of Public Safety at events such as funerals, memorial services, details where color guards are required and other functions.
The GSP Honor Guard is comprised of a north unit and a south unit, each comprised of 14 members. On occasion, both units are required to function as one.