Public, Society Benefit

Camp Nelson Honor Guard Inc

  • Nicholasville, KY
  • www.campnelsonhonorguard.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to keep bright the memory of all who have served in the military, past, present and future. We are dedicated to bring honor, dignity and tradition to military funeral services in the central Kentucky area. We enhance the funeral services by leading a horse-drawn caisson as we bring the deceased to the communal shelter. The various visiting military details/honor guard units fall in behind, then the riderless horse and his handler come in at the rear. We are privileged to escort veterans, military and KIAs the final few steps to their final resting place. The use of the horses and wagons is because of the history of Camp Nelson, which was the 2nd largest Union Army Supply Depot in the U.S., and is the only pristine site remaining. The Camp Nelson Historic/Archaeological District has, in 2013, been designated as a National Historic Landmark.Tens of thousands of wagons/ambulances, and other horse-drawn equipment was assembled at Camp Nelson. After the Battle of Richmond, eyewitnesses said the wagon trains, returning with the dead and wounded, was five miles long. Burials began after the battle of Richmond, was extensive after the Battle of Perryville, and continue to the present. Because it is a National Cemetery, veterans are brought from many states. It is our Kentucky heritage tied to present-day military protocol. In essence, the Camp Nelson Honor Guard has always been about: helping to create a memory in the public's consciousness, to show how selfless soldiers are; offering a sense of closure to family and friends; bringing an element of ceremony, connected to our unique heritage; leaving a memory that will lie within a person's heart to bring solace and comfort; aiding the living -- by furthering education, civic activities and historic preservation. We welcome volunteers to come to headquarters. We are looking for volunteers to help with the library, and Annual Events: Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Wreaths Across America, others.

Main Programs

  1. Enhanced Military Funeral Rites
  2. Horse Program
  3. Hall Community Task Force
  4. Military Advisory Panel
  5. Camp Nelson Funeral Hearse Trike

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Service Areas

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National

Because we serve at a National Cemetery/National Shrine and, because it is in a "National Historic Landmark" we meet visitors during the course of our work who are from across the country. Otherwise, we have visitors dropping by who are studying Civil War history, or doing genealogy or school work. We have contacts with Nicholasville, Lexington, Georgetown, Stanford, Richmond and others in central Kentucky.

ruling year

2011

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Colonel Tracy Eugene Lucas

Co Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Mrs. Patricia Mason Friend

Keywords

Self-reported

military funeral services, funeral rites, volunteer service organization, Civil War, soldiers

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EIN

42-1700574

 Number

5999472705

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Single Organization Support (D11)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Served during the Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, where 21,000 visitors came over 4-day weekend. We serve at Veterans Day in November each year. We serve on the National Cemetery's veterans committee, which plans annual events. Got a new driveable Caisson fabricated. 50 brass Stars are inscribed/embedded in the flooring of caisson. Camp Nelson Honor Guard members will be able to drive to the National Cemetery, rather than walk 2 miles round trip, saving their energy to do funeral services. Continued serving by performing with visiting military units and honor guards as we have done since 2001. Acquired 3 new horses; started their training.. Traveled to Fort Knox, taking several DAV members to visit. Formed a Hall Community Task Force, which will further understanding about the community of Hall (Ariel, Kentucky), which is on the Kentucky River Palisades, Area is now part of the National Park Service's Network to Freedom, part of the Underground Railroad. We continued restoration of a circa 1885 house. Worked with many volunteer service organization, visitors to the area, school and church groups, others. We, with the Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders, have taken responsibility for Wreaths Across America event. This is an international event, with 850+ locations across the nation and beyond, to 'remember, honor, teach' about our nation's heroes. This year we laid 560 donated wreaths and added a candlelight service. We obtained permission, for the first time in memory, to have a lighted Christmas tree for the season. We want to expand the Wreaths Across America for 2014. Established a military/veteran library room at Camp Nelson Honor Guard headquarters. Has a TV/computer setup, with Skype capabilities so active military families can use for communication with their loved ones. Initiated, developed, hosted Flag Retirement Ceremonies with area American Legion, VFW, Boy Scout groups.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Enhanced Military Funeral Rites

Performing enhanced military funeral rites, using military protocol. We provide a horse, or a pair of horses, a Caisson (a wagon/hearse), a riderless horse with boots inverted, and a light artillery piece. Additional support is provided by either a military (for active-duty), or a volunteer service organization (for retired personnel), who fire a three-volley salute. (formerly called a 21-gun salute.) The federal government provides two servicemen from the same branch of the military, who fold and present the flag to the family.Across our country, believing that our veterans and military personnel deserve more, Veteran Service Organizations like American Legion and VFWs, perform rifle details. Camp Nelson Honor Guard, emulating Arlington and Fort Sam Houston, albeit at a more modest scale, bring an enhanced military tradition by bringing an equine unit. Members of CNHG have trained at Arlington.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 2

Horse Program

Horses form the basis for all that we do at the CNHG. We have used rescue, donated and on-loan horses since our inception. Our work is proof that performance horses can retrain/repurpose beautifully. Because we have added a second, drivable caisson, more horses needed to be brought on. We needed a pair of trained harness horse geldings.To that end, in the fall of 2013, two standardbreds and a white Arabian gelding were donated. One standardbred is in training offsite; the second is calmer and ready to be started as the caisson horse. The Arabian will be the back-up for the present riderless horse. These have been performance horses - the two standardbreds came off the racetrack; the Arabian was a 35-50 mile endurance horse. Really great animals, retrained for a new life.Our present caisson horse, while sound, has arthritis and will soon be retired to a cattle farm, where he already believes he is one of the cattle. Pretty Boy will be cared for lovingly, because he deserves to be.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$35,000.00

Program 3

Hall Community Task Force

A Hall Community Task Force allows us to draw attention to the tiny community of Hall, KY. While no part of this village and area are owned by the federal government, it is of such historical significance, the National Park Service has designated the area as a national "Network to Freedom" Underground Railroad" site. Much can be done with volunteers clearing county land there, planning events to learn about the Civil War and reconstruction history. The USCT (U S Colored Troops) formed and trained at Camp Nelson went on to ride into history as the "Buffalo Soldiers." We want to build scholarship about the area, including adding to the library now at Camp Nelson Honor Guard's headquarters. We would like to have workshops, and seminars to be hosted in the Hall church and eight acres of grounds. We have a task list, to help improve this historic community's appearance and quality of present-day life. We presently have contacts at four colleges who might be willing to bring college interns to study.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 4

Military Advisory Panel

Our members are active and retired military personnel. The need is great to offer assistance, through these experienced military people, to active duty soldiers and veterans in our area. We have established links with Fort Knox, which is now an US Army Human Resources Center. The Camp Nelson Honor Guard want to use our Headquarters as a venue to host our active duty personnel. Veterans Treatment Court - New national programs have begun to help veterans who are brought to court, called aVeterans Treatment Court. Fayette County has recently implemented such a court, to give veterans another avenue to turn their lives around. Camp Nelson Honor Guard would like to assist in this new program. Because of its central location in the state, CNHG is ideally located to serve as a host for ongoing seminars, workshops and classes not currently offered on the military significance of Camp Nelson, to further education and understanding of past of Kentucky's military participation.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 5

Camp Nelson Funeral Hearse Trike

Present-day American culture includes many who enjoy motorcycles. The wide-spread use of motorcycles began in Europe during the World wars, and afterwards servicemen and women continued to ride. Today there are approximately 100,000 motorcycles registered in Kentucky. Many motorcyclists have come to Camp Nelson National Cemetery over the years: Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion, Rolling Thunder, Task Force Omega, first responders, police, fire, first responders. They are respectful, patriotic men and women who are there to honor their friends' and families' service to their country.CNHG was asked to explore the idea of having a custom-built funeral hearse trike, roadworthy, with qualified and trained riders, to extend this unique funeral service to those who want to conduct this type of public ceremony. It will be available across the state. KIAs and POWS will never be charged a fee. Veterans/military and other civilians a modest fee. We welcome your input and involvement.

Category

None of the above

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Because we serve at a National Cemetery/National Shrine and, because it is in a "National Historic Landmark" we meet visitors during the course of our work who are from across the country. Otherwise, we have visitors dropping by who are studying Civil War history, or doing genealogy or school work. We have contacts with Nicholasville, Lexington, Georgetown, Stanford, Richmond and others in central Kentucky.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Caisson Project: We got our caisson constructed, and nearly finished. Cost was over $8,000. New Harness and tack $ 10,000. approximate including refurbishing seven antique McClellan style saddles/bridles sets which we presently own. Other packs and leathers need professional care,i including addition of missing straps etc. Grooming tools, cleaning supplies for hoof care and shampooing are on-going needs. Getting our circa 1885 Headquarters building paid for $40,000 Providing stipends to offset expenses for personnel performing funeral services, taking care of the horses, maintenance of yard and paddocks at Headquarters. We do not presently get to pay anyone for services performed. Ideally, if we could have $100,000 a year, which would allow us to pay salary for a resident Guard Commander, a Clerical/Administrative person, an Equine Leader, and office expenses. We could then be on-site four and five days per week. Our goal is to offer more funeral service rites throughout the week and bring our present 60-80 services annually, to nearly 150 or more services annually with the horses/caisson/light artillery piece. Presently the Rifle Detail is doing nearly 300 funerals each year; we'd like to supplement what they do with the horses & equipment.

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Principal Officer

Colonel Tracy Eugene Lucas

Co Principal Officer

Mrs. Patricia Mason Friend

BIO

Served in US Army. Member of Sons of Union Veterans, Camp Nelson Heritage Park, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Man O War Post 8, President Sons of American Legion, MOW8. Attended training at Arlington National Cemetery to study military protocol of military funeral rites, using horses, artillery and rifle details.

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Col. Tracy Eugene Lucas

Commander

Term: Jan 2012 - Jan 2016

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