Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

July 27, 2013

Legion’s honor guard available to honor veterans at funerals

We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 193 veterans services in 2012.

Any veteran honorably discharged yesterday or 60 years ago can have a military funeral after their passing. Rain, sleet, snow or very hot weather, the guard will be there for all our military heroes.

The ceremony amounts to a volley of shots from our riflemen, playing Taps and presenting the colors to the next of kin.

Saying “Thank you” to our veterans at that time means a lot to the veteran and their family and to the honor guard.

Any veteran can have the casket draped with the American Flag and have it folded at the grave site. You must let your family know your wishes. The funeral director must also know of your wishes.

The honor guard is free of any charges for our service to our veterans’ families. We travel to all of the tri-state area to honor and say “good-bye” to all veterans on their final journey.

Whether the remains are in a casket or an urn, the services are the same to honor a member of the armed services who served their country honorably. Anyone who served in the armed forces is a veteran, whether you served overseas or in our country.

Bob Lloyd

Honor guard commander

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