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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local veterans group is celebrating its 10th anniversary and marked the occasion June 6 with a dinner.
The Korean War Veterans Honor Guard was formed in 2002 to provide a military burial service for veterans.
â€śThere were too many veterans passing away with no honor given for their military service, for their keeping the U.S.A. a free nation,â€ť said co-founder and commander John Slabaugh.
â€śWe formed the honor guard to pay honor for all deceased veterans.â€ť
According to Slabaugh, the unit performs an average of 75 funerals annually. The group also participates in Columbia Cityâ€™s annual Memorial Day celebration.
While several men have dropped out of the unit due to health reasons, Slabaugh said the organization retains 16 members.
The June 6 dinner included the wives of members.
Founding members include Slabaugh, Don York, Jim Shaw, Jack Schrader, Frank Frey and Paul Gates.