Honor Guard Has Performed 300+ Funerals, Needs New Van

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Asheboro, NC - The Randolph County Honor Guard will go wherever and do whatever it takes to provide veterans with an honorable funeral.

"Our main objective is make sure the veteran, deceased veteran gets what he deserve," explained Commander Howard Breedlove, Randolph County Honor Guard.

The Honor Guard will perform a military rifle salute, fold the American flag, present the flag, play Taps, and prepare the casket for honor, at the veteran's family request.

For a grieving family, it costs nothing but for the Honor Guard that performs at the funerals, it can cost thousands.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke with a member of the Randolph County Honor Guard who says they need donations to continue this honorable service.

"We make it our obligation to see to it that that individual is going to get everything that he should deserve," said Breedlove.

Commander Howard Breedlove and the 84 other veterans of the Randolph County Honor Guard average more than one funeral a day.

So far this year, they've done 327.

"Regardless of where we have to go, if we can do it, we'll do it."

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.

"If we need to replace a transmission, a motor, or a van, it's expensive," said Breedlove.

It's an expensive cost that's funded strictly through donations. The members of the Honor Guard are not paid for their service and the families are never charged.

"These people give their heart and soul."

The veterans will never give up but their vehicles soon will. Breedlove says not only do they need another van, they need to add money to their gas fund.

"To see the tears, coming from either the widow, or the gentleman, it just makes you feel like you have done something fantastic," explained Breedlove.

There will be an auction and benefit dinner to help raise money for the Randolph County Honor Guard, September 7 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

The dinner will be held at Sunset Church of God at 900 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro. Tickets for dinner are $7.00 and kids 4-years-old and under eat for free.

Their goal is to raise $30,000.

WFMY News 2

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