Honor Guard

Honor Guard

Founded in 1996 by William L. Cotter, the Momence Honor Guard has provided military rites at hundreds of funerals of military veterans.

The group is composed exclusively of Momence High School honor roll students who are direct descendants of veterans. A typical funeral rite involves a three volley rifle salute, the playing of taps and the folding and presenting the American flag to the family. The Momence Honor Guard is a 501c3 charity organization that operates solely on donations. Since 1996, over 200 Momence High School students have had the opportunity to be a part of this elite group.


In 2006, the Momence Honor Guard was featured in the July edition of the American Funeral Director magazine. On September 3, 2007 the guard presented the colors for Milt Pappas Day at Wrigley Field. The Momence Honor Guard was also involved in the dedication of the Kasler Veterans Memorial Park in Momence in September of 2007. Every year the honor guard provides nine services on Memorial Day at local cemeteries, the local nursing home and several community parks. Since 1996, the Momence Honor Guard has led every parade for the Momence Gladiolus Festival on the second weekend of August. This group has presented the colors for government officials, National Funeral Directors Association, National Rural Mail Carriers Association and local school and civic organizations.




Kasler Park Dedication




PayPal - Giving Fund
Tax Deductible Donation





Cotter Funeral Home
Phone: (815) 472-2442
224 E. Washington St., Momence, IL 60954

© Cotter Funeral Home Crafted with care by Frazer Consultants & TA

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use | Accessibility