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10TH YEAR: Honor guard marks decade of ceremonies

June 19, 2012

Left to right are Jack Schrader, John Slabaugh, Don York, Paul Gates and Jim Shaw. Not pictured, Frank Frey. — Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“There were too many veterans passing away with no honor given for their military service, for their keeping the U.S.A. a free nation,” said co-founder and commander John Slabaugh.
“We formed the honor guard to pay honor for all deceased veterans.”
According to Slabaugh, the unit performs an average of 75 funerals annually. The group also participates in Columbia City’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.

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