Post 217 Honor Guard
Thru rain or sleet or heat or snow,
the American Legion Honor Guard will go.
To perform their duties on command,
to honor all of those who defended this land.
Their gesture of good deeds for the family bereaved
will bring comfort and closure to what they have achieved.
A group of members from Ray A, Master Post 217, Topton, PA,
tries to ensure those who served their country
receive the tribute they deserve.
"Read, Aim, FIRE!"
shouts the Sergeant-At-Arms of the Honor Guard conducting Military Honors.
Three times, a volley of shots ring through the graveyard.
A veteran has died, and his comrades-in-arms are saluting him with
MILITARY HONORS one last time.
For the Honor Guard from American Legion Post 217 in Topton, PA,
the graveside ritual has become increasingly common as veterans die.
the Ray A. Master Post 217 Honor Guard
presented 114 Military Honors burials.
Military Honors for Deceased Veterans
Ray A. Master Post 217 Honor Guard
- the firing of the three volleys by the Rifle Squad,
- the sounding of Taps,
- the folding, and
- the presenting of the American Flag, under which the veteran served their country.
EACH VETERAN or VETERAN'S FAMILY HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY