09 Jan '18, 4pm

[email protected]_Natl_Guard supported over 4,500 funeral honors in 2017:

.@IL_Natl_Guard supported over 4,500 funeral honors in 2017:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Whenever a Soldier dies, military funeral honors have traditionally been provided, and today that tradition is law if the family requests it. Providing those honors is a solemn duty undertaken by the men and women of the Illinois Army National Guard Funeral Honors Program. These Soldiers serve the families of any deceased member of the Army in the state of Illinois. As part of the Illinois National Guard, the Soldiers of Funeral Honors provide support to military families in times of grief. During 2017 the Honors Teams supported more than 4,500 ceremonies for Soldiers of the United States Army, the Army Reserve, and the Illinois Army National Guard. That number is a 32 percent increase from the approximately 3,100 ceremonies that Funeral Honors supported in 2016. Funeral Honors is led by Command Sgt. Maj. Lester Edwards of Mechanicsburg and has 14 full-...

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