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UnityPoint Clinic Express (Fort Dodge)

2728 2nd Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Current Estimated Wait:
6 hr 11 min

Trinity Nursing Honor Guard

Honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the profession of nursing.

Members of the Trinity Honor Guard consider it a privilege to participate in the services of their fellow nurses. Who better deserves a final farewell than nurses who have dedicated their lives to caring for others in times of need.

Nursing is a profession immersed in tradition. We use these traditions as symbols, which reflect honor and respect for those who have given so much and who have served so well. Any of the following traditions may be requested for a funeral service or visitation.

  • Services of the Honor Guard are available at the family's request for any active or retired Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Services are available within a 50-mile radius of Fort Dodge.
  • Members of the Honor Guard will attend all services wearing the traditional white uniforms, nursing caps and blue capes.

Honorary Pallbearers
The Honor Guard may be requested to attend the visitation and/or funeral services to serve as honorary pallbearers.

The Nightingale Pledge
The Nightingale Pledge and a nursing sonnet may be read at any time during the services.

Final Call to Duty
The Final Call to Duty may be performed during the services or at the grave-site. During the Final Call to Duty, the Nightingale Lamp is lit in the nurse's honor, and the nurse's name and license number are called out with a request to report to duty. With no response, the nurse's name and license number are repeated twice more with the same request. After the third and final call, the nurse's license number is announced as being retired and the lamp's flame is extinguished.
This is the final call for those who have served selflessly and given their lives for the good of their fellow man; their tasks are complete, their duties are done, they are going home.

Casket Honor Guard
The Honor Guard may be positioned at the head of the casket, standing silently to give their last respects. The Honor Guard will be exchanged at predetermined times during the visitation, and the Nightingale Lamp will be passed with each replacement.