American Legion Post 229, Madison Alabama Honor Guard
Pictured Left to Right, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon, Mayor Paul Finley, Alabama House Representative Mike Ball, Honor Guard members Rick Jarrell, Tommy Whitten, Jean Downs, Senator Tom Butler, Honor Guard members Bob Kirby, Dan Marr, State Senator Arthur Orr, Honor Guard member Tom McKinney and Post Commander Larry Vannoy
Madison American Legion Post 229 has just established an honor guard with the financial assistance of the Madison state legislative delegation.
Because of the overwhelming demand for funeral service support from the active duty and reserve military components; based on established rules and availability, departed veterans often times are not provided deserving funeral honors, including a firing squad. Unless the veteran is being buried in a national cemetery, there is no guarantee that you will receive a full military detail, regardless of your time in service or accomplishments. If they are not available, they cannot fulfill your request. Typically, upon request, the military does provide a flag detail and bugler.
The American Legion and specifically American Legion Post 229 is now providing these services; including casket American Flag folding and presentation to family, rifle detail and bugler. This is offered at no cost, to our veterans, independent of their membership in the American Legion. The honor guard is also supporting veteran events including but not limited to military parades, Memorial Day events, Veterans Day events, and flag retirement ceremonies.
If you are a veteran and interested in being part of the honor guard, our post is seeking applicants.
The honor guard is available to any honorably discharged veteran, Contact Honor Guard Commander Bob Kirby at: 256-652-4327 or RobertKirby0@gmail.com to request services.
Huntsville Post 237 aslo offers Honor Guard services, to to web site http://www.legion237.com for additional information.