Virgin Valley Honor Guard seeking recruits

The Virgin Valley Honor Guard is looking for a few good men or women who have served in the military, regardless of any affiliation with a Veterans service organization.

Founded in 1993 by the Arlo Q. Leavitt American Legion Post #24 and then reorganized in 2001 by local veteran Tony Hardway, the Honor Guard’s purpose is to conduct honors to the families of departed Veterans, march in Parades for Patriotism of our flag, conduct services at the Veterans Memorial Park in Mesquite and Beaver Dam Cemetery for Memorial Day and Veterans Day and to do colors for civic functions in the Virgin Valley area. 

In 2013, local Veteran Paul LeVan took over the coordinator position of the Honor Guard to continue its primary objective which is reverend respect for the families of departed Veterans with service which recalls our past and honors the present with a vision for our future.

During the past three years the Honor Guard has performed 124 events of which eight were full funerals, 30 memorials for departed Veterans and over 80 events for colors at civic functions. 

Unfortunately, the Honor Guard membership is dwindling because of ailments, illness and age. The organization had 19 members at the beginning of 2015 but in 2016 were down to 11 able body members. The Guard needs to add to its present base or they might have to cut down and only do services for departed Veterans. Younger Veterans are needed so if you areinterested in joining the Veterans Honor Guard please contact the Mesquite Veterans Center at 702-346-2735 and leave your name and number with the front desk. Or, call Paul LeVan at 702-345-2987. Uniforms and outerwear are provided.

 

 

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