VFW Post 7073 & American Legion Post 598 of Parker Hold Memorial Service

Chaplain H.Jack Buzard reads the names of the deceased Veterans

https://youtu.be/iIXua4_w51g - - Folding of the flag and placing it on the head of the casket.

https://youtu.be/WLcW-3HIEWw - - Firing Squad Volleys & Taps.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM, members of VFW Post 7073 and American Legion Post 598 of Parker conducted a heart-felt Memorial Service at the parking lot of Park Hill Church of God, Lime Plant Road, West Freedom. The Veterans’ groups held military honors for 10 area veterans who have passed away October 2020 through April 2021, and did not receive full military honors at their funerals at the time of their passing due to VFW-American Legion Pandemic Restrictions, CDC regulations, and Pa. Dept. of Health Guidelines.

The program was led by H. Jack Buzard, who started with the reading of each deceased veterans’ name. They were: Thomas “Tom” Caldwell, Charles “Chuck” Hartman, George “Dick” Alworth; Fred Shirey, Dan Saylor, John Sasse, Dale “Duke” Stalker, John Coleman, John Simpson, Jr., Thomas Albert Fritz.

After the reading of the names there was the “folding of the flag”, that was then presented to Albert Fritz, the father of Thomas Albert Fritz, who then place the flag on the head of the casket.

The readings were given by Commanders by Dave Slaugenhoup, VFW and “Gunner” Muller, American Legion. The prayer was given by Chaplain Myers. The firing squad Volleys followed, then taps were played. The honors ceremony followed the pattern typically conducted at a funeral or memorial service for the deceased. This ceremony was conducted jointly to honor all deceased.

All families were presented with the American flag earlier at the time of funeral or memorial service. The service by the VFW and the American Legion Posts brought closure to the families of the deceased who were entitled to these Military Honors.

Chaplain Buzard gave thanks to all those who helped in any way in preparing for the Memorial Service, which was attended by family members of the deceased and members of local VFWs, American Legion Posts, and American Legion Riders throughout the region.

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