Events of 2019
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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.
Left to right; kneeling: John Imler, Jim Hartsock, Bill Wertz, Bill Mock, Edwin Knisely; second row: Eugene Way,
Ron Curtis, Larry Lape; back row: Roger Smith, Don Sylvester, Gary Welsh, Gary Koontz, Paul Shaffer, Jim
Cottle, Jim Williams, Frank Carney. Absent participants: Jim Barton, Larry Garlock, and Dave Ollman