SNEADS – Governor Rick Scott visited American Legion Post 241 in Sneads on December 11 to recognize the post for all the work they put in as Funeral Honor Guard for Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Gadsden, Liberty and Calhoun counties.
The post has been performing Funeral Honor Guard duties for the past 23 years with 50-60 being done annually. With over 100 active members, the post is able to serve almost the entire northwest Florida area and some of Alabama and Georgia.
Scott says that one of his main focuses is that of Veterans.
“I want Florida to have the honor of being recognized as one of the most veteran friendly state in the nation,” said Scott.
The Honor Guard’s duties include: Escorting a fallen hero to a final resting place, After escorting the body to the graveside, the honor guard folds and presents an American flag to the designated next of kin. The ceremony proceeds to the 21-gun salute and playing of Taps.
The law mandates a military funeral with honors is offered for any veteran when requested by family members.
Post 241 has been an active entity since before World War II, and was recommended for the honor to Governor Scott by a Jackson County Commissioner.
Members of the post received medals from Scott, thanking them for their service and dedication to veterans.
Scott spoke of how Veterans and active duty military members deserve respect.
“Without these men and women we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have today,” said Scott. “I started giving this medal away when I was elected as a way to honor those who have provided these freedoms.”