Editorial: Rowan Veterans Honor Guard is top notch

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 2, 2015

“Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

— Adlai Stevenson

After countless hours of honoring and serving others, members of the Rowan Veterans Honor Guard are the ones being honored for a change. Winners of a national championship last week at the National American Legion Convention in Baltimore, the Honor Guard members received a warm welcome at Thelma’s Frontier Coffee Shop on Tuesday morning — as they should eveywhere they go in the weeks ahead.

Congratulations to this dedicated group of veterans. Their service adds dignity and patriotic pride to many ceremonies in Rowan County, from the opening of the state tournament games here for American Legion baseball to veterans’ funerals and more. Bill Craddock, president of the Rowan County Veterans Council, says the Honor Guard is involved in more than 300 ceremonies a year. That’s dedication.

These veterans served their country in the Armed Forces. Now they serve their country, community and fellow veterans. Congratulations to the Rowan Veterans Honor Guard. Thank you for your service and your excellence.