A group of soldiers ceremonially welcoming an important visitor or escorting a casket in a funeral. Also called honor guard.
- With any luck, they'll survive the upcoming war, and we can employ them as guards of honor, if that'd make you feel any better.
- At this strange proposal to give the pretty maiden a funeral party as a guard of honor, Arnold laughingly shook his head.
- At Sligo, where it was escorted by a pipe band, it met another guard of honor, this one Irish, and lay in state for an hour before an enormous throng in front of the Town Hall.
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