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Randolph County Honor Guard Gets Much Needed Van

11:32 PM, Nov 7, 2013   |    comments
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ASHEBORO, N.C. - The Randolph County Honor Guard has provided more than 430 Triad veterans with an honorable funeral. 

The Honor Guard's normal travel area is a fifty-mile radius from Asheboro but they will and have gone further. 

Their travel costs them about $1,500 a month in gas and they've clocked a collective 450,000 miles on their three vehicles. 

In August, WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke to Commander Howard Breedlove about their need for a new vehicle and a planned benefit fundraiser to buy one.

Breedlove said they received a huge response after our story aired and after it was put on the WFMY News 2 Facebook page.

READ: Honor Guard Has Performed 300+ Funerals, Needs New Van 

Thursday, Breedlove called WFMY News 2 and said they finally raised enough money. 

"On behalf of the Randolph County Honor Guard, we want to express our sincere thanks to all of the people that have contributed money to help us be able to purchase this van," explained Commander Breedlove.

"The most important thing to me is that the Randolph County Honor Guard is now known. We are in the public eye," said Hal Winslow, Randolph County Honor Guard Member.

Winslow added, "I am proud, very proud."

The group raised $40,000 but only spent half on this van. They will bank the rest to pay for gas, insurance, uniforms and other travel expenses.

There are never any charges for the families for the services provided by the Honor Guard.

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