Honor Guard say fewer memberships raise concerns for future

By: Brittany Nauta Email
By: Brittany Nauta Email

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) Charles Hayes says he learned commitment, sacrifice and service in the Air Force.

"A lot of people don't understand service. It's a lifestyle. Serving our country was and is a privilege,” said Hayes.

Now he recognizes those who served through the Honor Guard.

The Honor Guard's mission is to show families of fallen veterans that their service is appreciated but members of the group say numbers are declining and they are worried about the future.

“We are delighted to honor veterans but there is going to reach a point where we can't honor them all because we don't have the manpower," he said.

Hayes worries that the Honor Guard may not have the numbers to serve much longer.

"A lot of veterans, when they get older, they forget that there are outfits, units like ours that need their help," said Hayes.

He calls his service an honor that reminds family and friends of lost veterans of their service to their country but now numbers in the Honor Guard are low and the demand is high.

"We could use another dozen people in our honor guard," Hayes added.

Anne Alsip is a mother of two veterans. She said losing the Honor Guard would be devastating for military families.

"I'm very sad to hear that, it means an awful lot, they represent the whole of our military," she said.

Seven people shooting, one playing bugle, a commander, chaplain and supervising officer is an ideal representation of the Honor Guard.

"We don't always have ideal," said Hayes.

Hayes says the Honor Guard will continue to support veterans as long as they have the manpower to do it.

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