Costa Mesa Honor Guard

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In 1990, Costa Mesa Battalion Chief Jim Ellis attended a funeral for a fallen firefighter. During the service, Ellis, a former United States Marine, observed a Color Guard that had been hastily put together to honor their fallen comrade. He was moved by their participation in the ceremony and it troubled him that the group would disband after the funeral. A short time later, Ellis obtained permission to start a fledgling Honor Guard in Costa Mesa. Four members of the department stepped forward, and in 1993 the Costa Mesa Fire Department Honor Guard was founded.

The group is an all-volunteer organization within the Fire Department. While the Honor Guard is supported by the fire department, its members provide their own accoutrements and donate their time without pay to attend various performances throughout the community. The Honor Guard’s goal is to promote the fire service’s tradition of commitment to our community. We do this by presenting the American Flag at local events, memorial services and celebrations. During it’s nearly 20 year history, the group has made over 150 appearances throughout Orange County and the National level.

Some of the organizations we have supported during our history are: the Freedom Committee of Orange County, the Costa Mesa Historical Society, the Santa Ana Army Air Base, the Lion’s Club, the Orange County Burn Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Newport Mesa Unified School District, the City of Costa Mesa, The Orange County Firefighter’s Association, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Memorial Day services at Harbor Lawn/Mount Olive Cemetery, the Orange County Special Olympics, Orange County College and Santa Ana College.

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