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Aging Legion Post 206 honor guard seeking new younger members

If you've attended a Windom Memorial Day observance at Lakeview Cemetery, or witnessed a gun salute by the Windom American Legion Post 206 honor guard during a funeral, you quickly notice one thing.

The members of the guard are aging.

How old are members?

Windom Post 206 Commander Fred Meyer says the average age of the current 18 members of the honor guard is 78 years old. Four of those members are now in care facilities. That begs the question: What happens to the honor guard when these dedicated members of the local post retire or pass away?

"We're looking for younger recruits to help us because if we don't get recruits, I don't know how long the Legion is going to last," Meyer says.

While current honor guard members serve on the honor guard because they believe it's their duty, their responsibility goes much deeper.

"We need people to give the veteran's family what they deserve," says Meyer, who also is one of the members of the guard.

For more on the push for younger members, see the story on the Faith & Family page in the July 8 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands tomorrow.

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