Color Guard At Funerals Program Set For Oct. 18

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A program about the color guard will be held on Oct. 18 at the American Legion Memorial Building.

When you attend a funeral for a person who has served in the military, do you expect that a Color Guard will be present? It is easy to take that service for granted but there is much to know about the tradition. Steve Livengood will give a presentation about the Atlantic Veterans Color Guard on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Memorial Building.

Each veterans’ organization has an official manual on how to do a military funeral. However each funeral can be unique. Livengood will explain the duties and options. He will talk about the number of people required to perform, their training and equipment. How to make arrangements and where the Color Guard may be used will also be included.

Steve Livengood was in the Service for 25 years. He has been involved with Color Guard since 1987 and has been the point of contact for six years. Steve has interesting stories to tell about the many military funeral experiences over the years. We will all have more appreciation for the volunteer job getting done.

Health precautions will be in place. Attendees are expected to wear masks when closer than 6 feet. Masks will be available. Seats will be placed at appropriate distances and attendance is limited to 30 persons. No refreshments will be served. The American Legion Memorial Building is handicapped accessible.

The program is sponsored by Atlantic Rock Island Society Enterprise (ARISE). It is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and exhibits in the Military Museum, Military Library and Atlantic History Center will be available for viewing.