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The mission of the Bedford County Historical Society is to document, preserve, protect and promote the history and heritage of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.


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250th Anniversary

Upcoming Events at BCHS!

(Click the events below for more information.)

The Christmas Tea
is unfortunately cancelled for this year.

Book Signing with William Roy Mock
`A Final Salute: Gloves On / Safety Off`
History of the Fort Bedford Honor Guard
December 7th @ 2pm

Bill Mock

The Bedford County Historical Society will host a book signing with William Roy Mock of Pleasantville on Saturday, December 7, at 2:00 p.m. The publication highlights the developmental stages of the Fort Bedford Honor Guard from its origin, through the early history, and extends up to the present time. The book contains numerous highly selective photos which greatly enhance the connotation of the informational text. Mock will discuss his book, `A Final Salute: Gloves On/ Safety Off` and will have some supportive displays on hand for viewing.

The 'Fort Bedford Honor Guard` of Bedford County, Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the oldest veteran volunteer honor guards in the nation; based upon composition and the number of continuous years in operation, since its inception in June of 1946. The group will formally commemorate its 75th Anniversary in 2021.

Their mission is simply stated, yet powerfully enacted, `We honor the dead, by serving the living.` One of the most satisfying activities in the fulfillment of life is volunteering one`s services, based upon love and loyalty to each other, as well as, providing a sense of peaceful closure to family and friends. Quite possibly, this historical narration will provide insight, as well as, understanding of what might be involved, regarding the reasoning behind an individual`s participation.

Perhaps, the honor guard provided supportive services to your organization or assisted with the family closure by providing military rites at the loss of a loved one.

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