Casey County Veteran’s Honor Guard

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Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment had the privilege of visiting with some of our hometown heroes, The Casey County Veteran’s Honor Guard. This group of Veteran’s perform military funerals where they are responsible for the folding of the flag, firing salutes, and playing taps. They visit our local schools, rest homes, senior citizen homes, and attend parades. In addition to these duties, they also help their fellow veterans when needed. Their mission is to make sure no service member is forgotten for their sacrifice. The men on this squad served their country and now serve a great cause by seeing that those who served are remembered.

Danny R. Clements
United States Army
5 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

So as not to let the service of the men and woman of our area to be forgotten. Show honor and respect to their family for their sacrifice.

What does being an American mean to you?

Blessed

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s History, who would it be? Why?

Ronald Reagan, the 40th President. For the leadership he shown so many times. His love for God, family, and country.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to…

Remembrance of the one’s who gave and enjoy family always. Freedom isn’t free and time is short. Enjoy what so many fought for!

Marcus G. Wethington
United States Marine Corp
5 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

I wanted to give back to my community and to honor our military men and women who have passed on.

What does being an American mean to you?

Having the freedom to choose my own path in life.

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s History, who would it be? Why?

Nathan Hale, his love for this country was so strong that he regretted that he only had one life to give when the British hung him in 1776 for spying.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to ….

Spend time with family in friends, in honor of the men and women who served in our Armed Forces. Especially those who served combat and those who gave all.

David T. Goode
United States Navy
5 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

To continue to honor our living and deceased veterans.

What does being an American mean to you?

To live under our Constitution and Bill of Rights which provides us freedom and protection. To live in a country with vast diversity, in both land and people.

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s History, who would it be? Why?

Zachery Taylor: General and President. He took a small army into Mexico and defeated larger armies in battles of Monteray and Buena Vista. After the war he became the 12th President. He is buried in Kentucky.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to …

Watching fireworks; being with family and friends and honoring America.

Darrell Vaughn
United States Army
1 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

It is an honor to be able to put soldiers to rest, and is something that I done after a tour of Vietman in 1963. I also get to serve on the Honor Guard with two of my brothers.

What does being an American mean to you?

It is great!

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s History, who would it be? Why?

President Abraham Lincoln. I think he was one of the best, from what I have read, and he was a Christian – that says a whole lot!

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to …

To go and show support to something that puts America first.

John D. Shugars
United States Navy
5 year member of The Casey County Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

The need to honor and serve our fallen brothers and sisters who have passed on before me and to help comfort their families. I believe our Honor Guard is a true blessing for me as well as those we try to serve.

What does being an American mean to you?

To me, being an American is a rich history of pride, change, the diversity thereafter, and protecting those weaker than us as well as ourselves. I believe that being an American is a true honor.

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s history, who would it be? Why?

John F. Kennedy. I believe it would be interesting to speak with him about how calmly he could resolve conflict on our soil as well as abroad. His demeanor during racial conflict as well as overseas I feel were exceptional.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to….

With our families right here in the good ole USA, being happy with our freedoms that those who have served before us as well as ourselves have sacrificed for. Being able to celebrate with our children and grandchildren is the best for me.

Roger Vaughn
United States Army
5 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

To give honor to former comrades that have served our country.

What does being an American mean to you?

It is a great country and a good place to be a part of.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to…

Spending time with family and friends

Kenneth King
Casey County Army
5 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

I believe the family of veteran’s deserve the respect and recognition of a military funeral.

What does being an American mean to you?

Being a God fearing people who let that guide our lives.

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s History, who would it be? Why?

Dwight Eisenhower. He had such an enormous responsibility in WW2 and then had to live with his decisions for many years after D-Day

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to…

By honoring our flag, independence, and those who fought for them.

Marshall Leigh
United States Air Force and KYANG.
3 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

To help a Veteran receive the respect they deserve.

What does being an American mean to you?

Freedom and freedom of choice and responsibility for choice.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to….

Remembering all who served to give and protect our freedom

Mike Marple
United States Air Force
5 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

To show respect to fellow comrades who have served our country. I am very proud to honor them.

What does being an American mean to you?

Being able to do what you like at any given time.

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s History, who would it be? Why?

George Washington, because he is the father of our great nation.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to…

A time to reflect on what has happened to our country and to be thankful.

Chester Vaughn
United States Army
6 month member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

To serve the community and give honor to those that have served our country in the past. Also, I am honored to be serving with my two brothers.


What does being an American mean to you?

The freedom that we have to make our own choices in life.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to …

To reflect on the sacrifices that’s been made so I/We can enjoy the freedom that we have. To be surrounded by family and share memories with each other.

Charles Lay
United States Army
3 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

To pay honor and respect for our Veteran’s from Casey County that have served.

What does being an American mean to you?

Being free.

Terry Knifley
National Guard Army
2 month member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

The veterans.

What does being an American mean to you?

My family has a lot of history in the military and I support our country and our soldiers.

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s History, who would it be?

Abraham Lincoln and George Washington

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to …

Enjoy fireworks with family and friends. Attend a parade. Celebrate your appreciation for your military and our country.

Michael Gibson
United States Army
5 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

To honor the Veteran’s for giving us a free country.

What does being an American mean to you?

To be able to live in the land of the free and to be able to worship God freely.

If you could spend the afternoon with one person from America’s History, who would it be? Why?

John F. Kennedy. His assassination is why I joined the Army and went to fight the war in Vietnam for the United States.

Anthony Hoyt
United States Army
2 year member of The Casey County Veteran's Honor Guard

What inspired you to join the Honor Guard?

When I moved back home to Casey County

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is to…

Show America’s colors

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