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Our main goal in this ministry is to provide for you the most wonderful, beautiful, honorable, and memorable celebration possible. We really do care about you and want to anything possible for you in a difficult time.

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Our main goal in this ministry is to provide for you the most wonderful, beautiful, honorable, and memorable celebration possible. We really do care about you and never would want to be considered a “business”.

The Vision

“Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been
The memory shall be ours”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Last Watch was created to honor our Military Heroes and their families. The Owner and President, Pat O’Connor is a Viet Nam veteran who served our great country as a leader of Green Beret units through the U.S. Army Airborne Special Forces. He wanted to ‘give back’ so established a special Military Burial service with the scattering of ashes at sea for all Military branches and their families. We have learned that we are the only organization in the United States to honor our service members in this way.

We were awarded through the state of California the status of a non-profit, public service, charitable trust by the Attorney General, Secretary of State and the Department of Consumer affairs. We are so blessed to be able to help so many families in their time of great need. It is also a great blessing to be able to serve our country by helping all members and families of the Military.

Pat’s father was a communications officer in the Merchant Marines during WW 2. He also taught at the Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, Long Island. For generations, many members of his family have proudly served.

Let us be honored by calling us in such a difficult time such as the loss of a loved one. We will arrange for a full Honor Guard Ceremony performed by the #1Honor Guard in the United States. They were given this award through competitions in Baltimore, Maryland. The ceremony includes a 21 gun salute (riffle volley), the playing of taps by a bugler, and the flag folding ceremony. This concludes with the presentation of the flag to the closest family member.
As a gift to you, we have a professional photographer and professional videographer films this event. Normally, that would cost in the range of $500. Arrangements can also be made for a live broadcast of this ceremony along with the burial ceremony. This is extremely popular for those that cannot attend. After this ceremony, we will board our boat and meet you at a pier for the loving and honorable scattering of ashes. This is followed by the ringing of the ship’s bell (Eight Bells) signifying ‘The Last Watch’ by the deceased for our gracious country before returning to port.

The Honor Guard Ceremony by the #1 Honor Guard takes about 30 minutes. It is performed in a designated park in Long Beach prior to the burial ceremony.

When you call us to arrange for a Military funeral. All details will be put in place and the Honor Guard contacted by us. We then put you in touch with the head of the Honor Guard as they work out the details with you.

We are often asked, “What does this cost? The best Honor Guard in the Country is absolutely free through us. Even the 9’burial flag (coffin flag) is free. They are a volunteer group out of Post 291 in Newport Beach. Donations to them go directly for their expenses of uniforms, ammunition, and weapons. A ‘typical ‘donation to them is usually around $100.

The Honor Guard service goes like this: They march in following the Bugler. As he positions himself, they continue to march to a spot where all of you are standing. On command, they fire the 21 gun salute (riffle volley) .The Bugler then plays ‘Taps’. The final part is the flag folding ceremony with the presentation of the United States flag to the closest of kin. We have seen some families add flowers, music, and pictures displayed at the park.

It is such a dignified and loving way to honor the hero in your life. All of this is supported by donations that extend to helping another military family.

For the State of California, the Secretary of State and Attorney General, Department of Justice, and Department of Consumer Affairs have awarded a non-profit, public benefit, charitable trust designation to The Last Watch Foundation to provide funeral services to help the Military and their families. We are the only organization in the United States to be awarded this honor. The State has also given us license to perform the scattering of ashes at sea. All donations go directly to The Last Watch Foundation.

Areas We Services:

  • Anaheim
  • Anaheim Hills
  • Bellflower
  • Brea
  • Buena Park
  • Chino Hills
  • Cowan Heights
  • Dana Point
  • Diamond Bar
  • Fullerton
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Huntington Beach
  • LA County
  • La Habra
  • Laguna Beach
  • Laguna Niguel
  • Lakewood
  • Long Beach
  • Marina Del Rey
  • LA and Orange Counties
  • Orange Park Acres
  • Redondo Beach
  • Rowland Heights
  • San Clemente
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Seal Beach
  • Villa Park
  • Westminster
  • Whittier
  • Yorba Linda
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The Vessel

The yacht ‘Orion’ is our private boat taken care of and maintained by our family. Our basic philosophy is that each week, she may be a week older, but she’s also a week nicer. We take great pride in her and want her not only to be a great boat for us, but also a wonderful and beautiful boat for you and your party basically as a ‘back drop’ for the burial service. Well taken care of, she also will provide for you the ‘comfort’ that a ceremony would not have to be cancelled because she was not running.