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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Patriot Guard Riders Honor Local Man In Ceremony

Patriot Guard Riders

By Monica Thomas

On Sunday, September 18, 2016 the Patriots Guard Riders a volunteer group of men and women whose conception began in 2005 in response to an incident of disrespect in Kansas visited our area. The group wishes to show respect and support to military personal and their families.

They assembled at the American Legion on Route 44 in Shinglehouse, Pa. and proceeded to the home of Mr. John K Volz Jr. to escort his widow Melanie and her family to a ceremony held at Maple Grove Cemetery to honor John who passed away on January 21, 2016 from a long term illness. He was a life member of the Shinglehouse Fire Department and Ambulance Core. A Vietnam War veteran and belonged to American Legion Post #530 serving as a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He belonged to the Disabled American Veterans’ Association and served as a Cub Scoutmaster in Shinglehouse attending the First Baptist Church. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army leaving as an E6 continuing a career with American Olean Tile for 35 years retiring in 2004 due to ill health.

The Reverend Rusty Horning begin with a prayer followed by the Potter County Honor Guard giving a salute, Chris Piaggi played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes and Gordon Visseau ended the proceedings with taps. After the ceremony everyone assembled at American Legion Post #530 for a social time to meet with the Patriot Honor Guard. The local group can be reached at

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Amen, very heart touching & heart wsrming, God bless this veteran, I thank you for your sacrifice & seevice.