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Salute to Veterans

Reprinted from PN November 2006

The Lone Star PVA Honor Guard continues to provide services to families of fallen comrades.

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Lone Star PVA Honor Guard Commander John Fay participates in the 2005 Texas State Fair.
All veterans deserve a final salute. That is the belief of the Lone Star (Garland, Tex.) Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Honor Guard.

As one of the only wheelchair honor guards in the country, the group extends its message of service as often as possible. Fulfilling this obligation may involve traveling and, occasionally, paying respect at funerals of homeless Texas veterans. Although these fallen veterans may have spent much of their lives in humble and distressed circumstances, the Lone Star PVA Honor Guard ensures they experience glory and pageantry as they are laid to rest with rifle volleys, also known as a 21-gun salute.

"When we get the call, we're there," says Michael Riley, Honor Guard deputy commander. John Fay is the commander.

"Sometimes we may only do one funeral a month. Other times it seems like we're doing two a day," Riley says. "It varies, but it's always an honor and a privilege to do this."

As PN readers remember people who have served in the U.S. military, Veterans Day (November 11) is a good time to learn about the LSPVA Honor Guard, a facet of PVA.


Find out more about the Lone Star PVA Honor Guard.

 

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