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In praise of color guard Legionnaires

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I would like to commend and salute all the American Legion Color Guard units in and out of our area for the service that they give for veterans’ funeral ceremonies.

When veterans leave their active military service and return to civilian life, some join military organizations such as the American Legion, VFW, View Now, etc.

Those veterans who join color guard units are still serving now for deceased veterans at their funerals by giving a final tribute for that fallen comrade.

Has anyone ever thought of the amount of time and weather conditions that these color guard units endure, all year long, for that final farewell? I have, because I have been there right alongside them for many years, especially now being a color guard commander.

Those units have something in common with the mail carriers. Despite snow, rain, sleet, bitter cold or extreme heat, there they are, still serving under those conditions.

These color guard Legionnaires are to be praised for the duty that they perform with final ceremonies for veterans who have so much for our country. We owe fallen comrades this final tribute.

Color guard units always need more members to carry on final farewell services. I know that my unit, Dixon Post 12, always needs more Legionnaires in the color guard unit to assist us older members. We, too, are falling, one by one.

I have never been more proud of the members whom I command in Dixon Post 12 for the dedication that they devote to be there for our fallen comrades all year round.

Many of our surrounding neighbor Legionnaire color guard units must feel the same way that I do.

That is why I feel that those special members should be recognized and complimented for the service that they provide, because they are still serving! God bless them all.

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