Honor Guard open to younger generations, too

Messenger photo by Mike Munden J Dodds (center) of Rader-Lynch and Dodds Funeral Home presents a check to Chet Molt, Honor Guard commander at American Legion Post 105 in London. The donation is the funeral home’s way of thanking the Honor Guard for performing military services at veterans’ funerals, Dodds said. On hand for the presentation were: (from left) Icle Davis (seated), David Beekman, Charles Fisher, Bill Whitelow, Bill Robinett, Eugene Reed, Steve Wehrs, Carl Seldon, Jake Minor, Mike Penwell, Tom Potts, Nathan Pollock and Carry Groves.
Messenger photo by Mike Munden
J Dodds (center) of Rader-Lynch and Dodds Funeral Home presents a check to Chet Molt, Honor Guard commander at American Legion Post 105 in London. The donation is the funeral home’s way of thanking the Honor Guard for performing military services at veterans’ funerals, Dodds said. On hand for the presentation were: (from left) Icle Davis (seated), David Beekman, Charles Fisher, Bill Whitelow, Bill Robinett, Eugene Reed, Steve Wehrs, Carl Seldon, Jake Minor, Mike Penwell, Tom Potts, Nathan Pollock and Carry Groves.

(Posted Dec. 30, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

It’s a call to duty that’s all about paying respect, and members of the American Legion Post 105 Honor Guard in London hope to get younger generations involved.

Several times a year, the honor guard is called upon to perform military services at veterans’ funerals. They present a flag, give a three-gun salute, play “Taps” and offer their condolences to the survivors. They place a marker on the grave, then come back every Memorial Day to place a flag on the grave.

“They’re all dedicated,” said commander Chet Molt of the men in the honor guard. “When I call them, they are more than willing to go out, in all kinds of weather.”

At 87, Molt is one of the oldest members of the Post 105 Honor Guard and the only World War II veteran. The others are Vietnam War veterans. All volunteer their time.

“We’re all getting older,” Molt said. “We’re trying to put an interest in the younger generation that’s going to have to take over for us one of these days.”

A person does not need to be a veteran to be a member of the honor guard. The group also welcomes members of the Sons of the American Legion, an affiliate for non-veterans whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military.

Molt invites anyone interested in learning more to stop by the post to fill out a request form and application. The post is located at 51 E. First St. in London, across from the London Public Library.

In addition to performing military services, the honor guard takes part in Memorial Day ceremonies at the Madison County Courthouse and at five cemeteries in London—Paint Township, Deercreek-Lafayette, Kirkwood, Summerford and Oak Hill.

The public at large can support the honor guard’s mission by making monetary donations, which are used to maintain the group’s uniforms and buy gun shells. Send checks to: “Honor Guard American Legion Post 105,” c/o Chet Molt, 840 Circle Drive, London OH 43140.

For more information, call American Legion Post 105 at (740) 852-9196.

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