Veterans Honor Guard of Parkers Crossroads honored in special ceremony
HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WNBJ) - Today, the Veterans Honor Guard of Parkers Crossroads received recognition from the United States Department of Army Military Funeral Honors program.
“Just gives me an opportunity to do something for my brother and sister veterans,” said Wallace Smith, an honor guard member.
The Veterans Honor Guard of Parkers Crossroads received recognition for finishing their training for their AP3 certification.
By earning the certificate, the honor guard is able to assist Tennessee National Guardsmen with firing parties, presenting the colors, and flags to families members when they do military honors at veteran funeral services.
“In 2021 we did 175 funerals all over west Tennessee. We honor the veterans, that’s the main goal is to show them the respect that they well-deserve by being a veteran,” said Jimmy McGill, an honor guard member.
To receive the certificate the members of the honor guard had to complete between 8 to 20 hours of training.
“I am very pleased with the turnout we had and the recognition, I wouldn’t say we deserve but what we have worked for to accomplish this task,” said Jimmy McGill, an honor guard member.
One member explains what he enjoys most about volunteering with the honor guard.
“It’s the comradery among all the members. Every one of us has something in common. We were all pretty much in the military in various branches at the same time and it gets pretty deep sometimes but we have a lot to talk about,” said Wallace Smith, an honor guard member.
If any veteran is interested in joining the Veterans Honor Guard of Parkers Crossroads, please contact Spurgeon Smith at 731-668-6006.