Last updated: August 04. 2014 3:29PM - 325 Views
By Pat Pratt ppratt@civitasmedia.com



Honor Guard members participate in the traditional flag folding ceremony during a Memorial Day service at the grave of 2nd Lt. George A. Whiteman at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Honor Guard members participate in the traditional flag folding ceremony during a Memorial Day service at the grave of 2nd Lt. George A. Whiteman at Memorial Park Cemetery.
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As many members are “moving on” due to age or health related issues, VFW Post 2591 in Sedalia is seeking new recruits for the Honor Guard. The team performs traditional ceremonies at the internment of local veterans and other community events.


According to the VFW, many of the members of the team are finding they still have the heart and desire to serve but no longer possess the physical ability to continue.


“The people we have are getting older and we don’t have any younger people stepping up right now,” said Post Commander Larry Reven. “Mostly, because they (young people) have jobs and other things, they can’t do it during the week.”


To be a member of the Honor Guard, a person must be a veteran of the U.S. military. They also must agree to attend two or three funerals each month and must agree to be trained in procedures that accompany the ceremony.


“When I first started, we had 12 people, now we have around seven. We have five shooters, a bugler and a caller and it’s usually the same people all the time. We have a call list, but many times people can’t make it,” Reven said.


Each VFW Post can have a set ceremony, but most consist of the posting of the colors, the folding of the flag and presentation, the playing of Taps and a three-shot volley. According to the VFW, the ritual is a way to show the ultimate respect to those who gave so much.


“I feel a sense of pride every time I do it and it doesn’t take a long time, maybe 30 minutes to an hour. You go in to the post, and then we go to the cemetery. Then, usually we leave after we conduct our service. I got out over 40 years ago, but now that I am a member of the VFW I take great pride in it,” Reven said.


Members of the Honor Guard are not required to become members of the VFW or American Legion. Uniforms will be provided at no cost. Anyone who wishes to join can contact Reven at 826-4543.


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