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121 N. DOUGLAS AVENUE, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS

MERLE GUILD POST 208

American Legion Color Guard Serves our Veterans and the Community

You will see them leading community parades carrying the American flag,\the American Legion flag, and the POW flag escorted by a rifle squad and, on occasion, the flags of all branches of U.S. military service.  These dedicated veterans are members of the Post 208 Color Guard, who, as part of their activities as members of the American Legion in Arlington Heights, extend their volunteer service to include activities that honor our veterans and those currently serving at home and abroad.    

Currently there are 20 veterans in Post 208 Color Guard ranging in age from 35 to 86 and representing military service performed during WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and Desert Storm.  At any given time, several members are available to present the nation’s colors at community events and at Post 208 activities.  According to Color Guard Commander, Gene Fehringer, being asked to represent the armed forces of the United States at public events is “something we all take great pride in doing for the Post to remind the public of the enormous commitment made by our country’s service men and women to protect our nation and our freedom.”

Over the years, the Color Guard has been invited to perform at schools, senior retirement homes, Arlington Park Racetrack, and numerous area dedications and ceremonies.  In addition, Color Guard members are frequently asked to honor a deceased local veteran at a wake where they offer a brief service and present a Bible to the veteran’s family. 

The Color Guard is an entirely self-funded group that does not charge for public appearances.  The members raise funds through an annual dinner/dance and through public donations that help cover the cost of uniforms, flags, Bibles and visits to Chicago area veteran’s hospitals. 

During the 2011 Memorial Day weekend, the Color Guard honored all branches of the military in a flag ceremony on at Harmony Park in Arlington Hts. They also marched in the Arlington Heights parade and presented the colors at the ceremony honoring our veterans at Veteran’s Park.  Each year on Flag Day, these proud veterans present the colors and offer a 21-gun salute at Post 208.

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