TRAVERSE CITY — Nine men quietly strode into the rain-soaked grass, and picked their way between headstones toward George Platte’s grave site.
Any chatter about the cold, rainy weather ceased when the members of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 2780 honor guard stepped out of their vehicles. The pleasantries ended and duty began when their spit-shined shoes hit the grass.
The guard presented military honors at Platte’s funeral service, one of hundreds of such services across the region this year.
Decades ago each of the men on the honor guard stood in the ranks of the U.S. military. Today they continue to serve their brothers-in-arms by performing military honors at funerals, memorial services and other events.
“There’s something in your inside that makes you want to do it,” said Don Randall, a 15-year veteran of the honor guard. “We believe all vets deserve it.”
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