Honor Guard seeks new members

A bugler with the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard plays during snowy weather at a graveside service for a fellow military veteran. Membership is voluntary, but rewarding, says a founder, Dick Gigliotti.

The Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard is in need of new members for sometimes uncomfortable duty that organizers said is purely voluntary, but nevertheless rewarding.

The Honor Guard, which will be 10 years old on Jan. 28, is expected to render military funeral honors for the 2,000th time this year, said Dick Gigliotti, one of the founders of the guard.

The guard numbers 45, but many members are aging, Gigliotti said.

“We have one World War II veteran, a former college professor, who comes out when he can,” Gigliotti said. “He can’t do much, but he can hold the American flag.”

Honor Guard members represent all five branches of the military service and include veterans from World War II to the present.

The Honor Guard participates in parades, flag presentations and educational forums in area schools, as well as funerals.

The members “serve on a strictly volunteer basis, at their own expense and during all types of weather conditions,” Gigliotti said. “They do it because they love their fellow vets.”

Candidates must be honorably discharged veterans of the United States armed forces and should contact Bob Henderson at 255-1352 or Gigliotti, director of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, at 263-8986.


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