It was 18 degrees with the wind coming off the lake at close to 20 mph, when we raised our M-1's to fire off three volleys for the fallen Marine. Our first of seven funerals scheduled for this day, February 18th. The place, Holly Michigan's VA National Cemetery. The time, 9:30 a.m. The third Monday of every month has been assigned to the Livingston County Marine Corps league's Honor Guard. We, like our fellow Veteran Honor Guard members, preform the Final send off, to the Men and Women who have given their time, serving in the united States Armed Forces .
We serve "The Honors" when it's raining, when it's snowing, when it's freezing cold or when it's sweltering with heat. We still stand and give the final Honors. Who are We? First, we are all volunteers. We are men and women who have undergone training and have practiced firing our weapons, folding the flag and presenting that same flag to the spouse or next of kin. We are people who can be counted on to be there, when the call is given.
You will also see the Honor Guard in parades, at Flag Raising's, at Grand Openings and at various City Events, like the Howell Balloon Fest. While I have included other Veterans groups in this overview of the Honor Guard's role, the Marine Corps league has some interesting differentences from them.
I will write about this, in the next Blog. Till then "Semper Fi"