Veterans on call are true heroes

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2005

For as many years as I can remember, members of our local veterans posts have assembled with just a phone call to pay honor to a fellow departed veteran by making available full military honors at funeral or memorial services at a moment's notice.

By making themselves available, I mean fully manned and in professional attire. They number anywhere between six and 12 and arrive at the funeral services before anyone else arrives and stay during the entire service and continue on to the cemetery.

These are men volunteering their time and making it look as if they are being paid for their appearance, but they usually leave before families can thank them for their participation.

They pay honor to someone, like themselves, who gave of their time and sometimes lives to their country so many can enjoy the freedom we have today.

Whether our local veterans who give of their time consider themselves heroes, there are many people who do. Thank you VFW Post No. 10046, American Legion Post No. 20 and AmVets Post No. 4.

Tim Wisniewski and staff, Peninsula Memorial Chapels

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