Post 57 Honor Guard
The American Legion Honor Guard of Post 57 gave tribute to Mr. Charles John on August 2nd at the Cemetery in Live Oak. Mr. John was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member in good standing at our lodge. His cremated remains were interred in the grave site of his deceased Mother with some 50 to 60 friends, neighbors and loved ones looking on. Following a family prayer several individuals talked about how Mr. John had touched their lives, after which his daughter was presented with a plaque honoring his service in the military and a copy of the post everlasting by the Commander of the Honor Guard along with a folded American Flag. The rifle salute was given by the Honor Guard Rifle Team headed by Debbie Anderson and taps were played by Larry Krull. The rifle salute and taps had a tremendous impact on the family and those in attendance.
On August 8th the Honor Guard was asked to present the colors at the annual gathering and dinner of the Masonic Lodge. The event was held at the Church of God here in Lake City. After the colors were posted by Charlie Leman and the Pledge of Allegiance the Commander of the Honor Guard accepted a plaque from the Masons thanking us for our presentation and support.
On Monday, Aug 18th our Honor Guard Commander (Dan Bedingfield) was asked to give a brief presentation to the class of Ms. Sadie Koon at the Columbia High School on Americanism and the role the veterans continue to play in keeping our country free. This is an effort by Ms. Koon to instill a sense of appreciation and pride in her students on what our veterans and military do for our country. I was given the opportunity of addressing two of Ms. Koon's classes. We continue to recruit new members to our ranks and ask you to consider joining us in this worthwhile event.
Dan Bedingfield at 386 754-3744 if interested.
For God, Country, Community and you.
Dan Bedingfield Commander of the Honor Guad
Post 57 Honor Guard
The American Legion Honor Guard was asked to present the colors at the Domiciliary on August 27 for the Purple Heart Ceremony honoring four of their tenants. The Dignitaries were first introduced by the Domiciliary Administrator Mr. Felix Johnson and consisted of: Colonel Pendergrast, Executive Director of the FDVA, Elizabeth Porter State Representative of District 10, Chase Daniels Representing Senator Charlie Deans Office, George Ward Lake City Councilman and US Marine Corp. Retired, Clay Martin Representing Congressman Ted Yoho's Office, Adele Griffin Representing Senator Marco Rubio's Office, Michael Nemesh Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
After the Chaplin delivered the opening prayer the flags were posted by the Honor Guard and the pledge of Allegiance was led by the Honor Guard Commander. Colonel Pendergrast then presented a short speech after which the Purple Heart Medals were presented to Rocky Rhodes, James O. Smith, George McDonough and Frank Turosik. The staff of the Domiciliary provided refreshments and many of the residents were in attendance to view the recipients and congratulate their brothers in arms at the end of the ceremony. Although the presentation of the Purple Heart Medals were long overdue they were not forgotten.
On September 11, the Honor Guard posted the colors at the American Legion Hall in honor of Patriots Day. Commander Sutherland let the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Chaplin Bill Malloy led the audience in prayer. A meal was then served to those in attendance.
On Friday, September 19 the Honor Guard Commander along with Charlie Lehman held the POW/MIA ceremony at the VA Hospital here in Lake City. In attendance were Veterans, guests and dignitaries of various Government Officials that had acknowledged the proceedings in letters that were read by those representing them. Also present were the Mayor of Lake City, the Chief of the Lake City Police Dept. and the Sheriff of Columbia County. At the end of the Ceremony Those representing our Honor Guard were asked by hospital staff if we would perform the POW/MIA Ceremony in 2015. A special thanks to Bea Bedingfield of the American Legion Post 57 Auxiliary for taking pictures of the proceedings.
On Saturday, September 20th the POW/MIA ceremony was held at the American Legion Post 57. and opening comments were given by the Commander of the Post. The Prayer was led by the Chaplin of the SAL and the colors were posted and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Honor Guard. The Commander of the Honor Guard conducted the POW/MIA ceremony assisted by Charlie Lehman after which a supreme meal was provided for all by the Riders Club.
For God, Country, Community and you
Commander of the Honor Guard