Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


April 12, 2012

Veterans sought to serve in Honor Guard

CROSSVILLE — This message is for everyone who has served honorably in the military and is proud of his or her service and to those who believe that every veteran upon death deserves special recognition at the time of burial.

The Veterans Honor Guard is providing that special recognition. The 13-member unit is comprised of veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Honor Guard members served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and National Guard. They are members of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Am Vets and Marine Corps League.

The members make their homes across the Upper Cumberland, from Monterey, Crawford, Cookeville, Baxter, Crossville, Fairfield Glade and Sparta, and serves an area roughly from Celina to Spencer and Crossville to Carthage.

Those with an honorable discharge from the military in reasonably good health and retired or with some free time are invited to consider joining the ranks. Two of the members date back to World War II. It's only a matter of time before taps will sound for them. New members are needed to carry on in their place.

Those who qualify will receive training and a uniform. Some mileage will be reimbursed. But most of all, volunteers will be joining a great group of dedicated ex-servicemen and women who take pride in the service they provide.

As one member so aptly stated, "It's the most honorable thing I have ever done."

Contact the Veterans Honor Guard at or call (931) 528-1333 or Commander Al Williams at (931) 839-2234.

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