MITS-GIVES, Inc. Announces Establishment of Honor Guard at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery – The Suffolk News-Herald

MITS-GIVES, Inc. announces the establishment of an Honor Guard at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery

Published Tuesday 1 November 2022 18:39

A non-profit organization that helps provide headstone wreaths at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery is now leading the effort to show all veterans full military honor in their service.

MITS-GIVES, Inc. is a new charity founded by MI Technical Solutions Inc. with a mission to support veterans, their families and the Hampton Roads community. The non-profit organization recently announced that its project will create an honor guard corps and establish a support facility, according to a press release at Horton Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.

The Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery operated by

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Veterans Services operates the cemetery and provides burial services for approximately 1,500 veterans each year.

The current figures show the necessity of the project. MITS-GIVES pointed out that only about 10% of veterans buried in the cemetery receive “full” military funeral honors, which include a ceremonial three-round rifle salvo — commonly referred to as a 21-gun salute.

MI Technical Solutions Inc. has long been a supporter of charities and projects that support veterans, Keri Douglas, MIT’s director of strategic communications, said in an interview Tuesday.

“We made the MITS tradition of philanthropy official this year by forming MITS-GIVES Inc.,” said Douglas.

Each year, the MITS team provides donations and volunteers to support the wreath-laying ceremony at Horton Jr. Memorial Cemetery, she said.

“Creating the Honor Guard is another way to honor, recognize, and serve the veteran community,” Douglas said. “By Memorial Day 2023, the Honor Guard at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery will be on duty and able to render full military honors to families who so desire.”

To ensure more veterans are honored at the funeral, MITS-GIVES is working with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services to create the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Honor Guard Corps. The goal of the new Honor Guard is to show honor to all who ask.

Virginia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Daniel Gade said they believe all veterans deserve a proper final tribute when they are buried in the Veterans Cemetery.

“With the creation of the Honor Guard at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, we can now fulfill that sacred obligation,” Gade said. “This is just another demonstration of the commitment and generosity of the

Parish of Hampton Roads. Our community partners are critical to our mission to honor and serve our veterans.”

The Honor Guard will be operational on Memorial Day in May 2023.

In addition, MITS-GIVES is working with DVS to construct a Guard of Honor building in Suffolk Cemetery. According to the organization’s press release, past sponsors include MI Technical Solutions, Pinnacle Group Engineering, Bowman Foster Electrical, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-three Alumni (NMCB 23 Alumni), Scott Richie, Floor Coverings International, Bear Concrete, Axis Global and Tuff barrack.

Douglas stressed the need for community support for the effort.

“To make this happen, we need the support of the community to volunteer and/or donate to the honor guard,” she said. “Please donate online and/or apply online or submit an application for honor guard service at www.MITS-GIVES.org.

If a Veteran would like to join the Honor Guard, they can apply online at bit.ly/3FzQfUx.

Anyone able to donate to the effort can also do so online at https://bit.ly/3NmA4fm. MI Technical Solutions has committed to providing an additional 10 percent match for every online donation, according to the press release. Those interested in learning more about the project and the new nonprofit group can visit www.MITS-GIVES.org.

The Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk is one of three state veterans’ cemeteries operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. This cemetery serves veterans and their families in the Hampton Roads area. Since 2004, more than 16,702 veterans have been honored and recognized for their dedication and service to the nation. To learn more about DVS, visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.

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