LIBERTY, N.C. -- At one time, military funeral honors rarely occurred in areas of the state.
But a group of 18 veterans in Randolph County decided to change that in March of 1990 by providing military honors at the funerals of veterans.
“Today we are covering 12 triad counties and now the state when requested,” said Vern Sieg with the Randolph County Honor Guard, a group that continues to grow. The group provides the service free of charge thanks to donations that help cover transportation cost.
Friday night the community and state said thank you for their 25 years of service at the Liberty American Legion Post. Rep. Pat Hurley surprised the surviving original members of the honor guard with "The Order of the Long Leaf Pine," the state's highest honor bestowed upon its citizens.
To learn more, visit randolphcountyhonorguard.vpweb.com