Marple Memorial Post 805 of The American Legion

HONOR GUARD

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Marple Newtown Combined Veterans Alliance
2340 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA  19008 
 

NOTICE:  HONOR GUARD FUNERALS ARE SUSPENDED FOR CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

WE WILL BE PLEASED TO PROVIDE GRAVE-SIDE HONORS AT A LATER DATE FOLLOWING RELEASE BY PA GOVENOR WOLF.

 
           Over twenty-five years ago, veterans of Marple Newtown saw a need for an Honor Guard to honor deceased veterans in order to ensure a proper military burial.  Three local veterans groups joined forces and became known as the “Marple Newtown Combined Veterans Alliance.”  This group is certified by the Department of Defense (DOD) to perform graveside ceremonies and they consist of the following organizations:
The ideal service requires ten veterans as follows:

Seven Riflemen who will fire 3 volleys while supervised the Squad Leader

    • Four Color Guards 
    • Two Flag Folders 
    • One presents the Flag & Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form 
    • One Bugler who will play "taps" or sometimes referred to as "Butterfield's Lullaby" after the 3 volleys have been fired
    • One to recite “In Flanders Fields” and place a poppy on the casket 

            After the mourners place their flowers, the Honor Guard performs Present Arms, Order Arms, and then they are dismissed.  This service is voluntary and the Alliance has provided Honor Guard services for as many as 300 veterans in a year.

 

John McComb, Adjutant
Marple Memorial Post 805 of the American Legion
2340 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008-2927
 
 
 
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Note:  There is no charge to the Veterans Family for the services performed.  All Honor Guard members are volunteers, but donations to the Posts are accepted.  This money is used to purchase fuel for the vehicles, uniforms for Honor Guard members, up keep of the rifles, and other Honor Guard items as they occur.  Click on the Next Page below for "In Flanders Fields" Video Tribute.  Click on underlined text above or below to print or download a copy of the "Presidential Memorial Certificate Request Form."  You can also visit Honor Guard page 3 to view the same.  All requests for Honor Guard services in Delaware County Pennsylvania should be directed through the Funeral Director.

 

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