American Legion 
Carl S. Martin  Post 635  Normal, Il. 
108 ½ North Street / PO Box 402,  61761-0402
Phone: 309-452-1671

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Honor Guard         Mike Scott; Commander

Full Military Funeral Rites for Veterans
The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for eligible veterans is performed by our Honor Guard, consisting of members of Post 635 of Normal, and Post 56 of Bloomington. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased Veteran.

The Honor Guard will perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American Flag to the next of kin, a 21 Gun Volley followed by the playing of Taps.  
Presentation of The Colors by the Color Guard

The American Legion Color Guard is proud to present the American Flag at various other events, including:

  • Special Olympics Events
  • Baseball, Basketball, Football Games
  • ​Memorial Day Parade
  • ISU Homecoming Parade
  • Heartland College Programs
  • Any ceremony displaying the American Flag or Service flags. To request the Color Guard, contact us via the box to the right.

​Photo of Honor Guard, Buglers, Bag Pipers

Photos courtesy of Robert E. Handley
Requests for Honor Guard Military Funeral Services must be made with your funeral director.

Click on the button below to request Color Guard presence at suitable events in McLean County.

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                                           Recognition and Dedication to:

  ​                                                       Jerry Monical

Post 635 Honor Guard made a special presentation to Jerry for his more than 11 years as Post 635 Honor Guard Commander. 
As the plaque mentioned, Jerry Commanded over 1000 Military Funerals for Veterans. Jerry has "retired" as Honor Guard Commander, but will continue with the Honor Guard. 
Our new Honor Guard Commander; Mike Scott, and member Butch Ekstam presented Jerry with the plaque.
Congratulations to Jerry for all the hard work and for his long time dedication.

​A special program at Miller Park on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Folded flags were presented to the Fire Fighters and to the Police to honor all First Responders of 9/11.

Photos courtesy of Gary Ploense
Military Funerals and Color Guard Functions

One of the most important functions we do as an Honor Guard is perform military rites at a veterans funeral.

When performing military rites, we are the Honor Guard. When presenting colors at functions; like ball games, marching in parades, opening ceremony for the Illinois State Special Olympics; and many other functions; we are the Color Guard.
 We are all volunteers who are privileged and honored to do both of these. We are indeed fortunate to have these veterans volunteering for these important tasks.

Post 635 Honor Guard Commander                Post 56 Honor Guard Commander

​                     Mike Scott                                                                   Rick Ross

Below is a  photo of Normal Post 635 and Bloomington Post 56 Honor Guard and Color Guard Members along with our Buglers and Bagpipers


A special thanks to all of these people that volunteer to perform Military Rites for fallen Veterans and presenting the Colors for special events. 
It is a tremendous effort to coordinate these people for each event.
It would not be possible if not for Butch Ekstam. Thank you Butch!!!! 
​The Honor Guard  performs  Military Funerals for Veterans.
Folding the flag, presenting to next of kin, 21 gun volley, finish with the playing of Taps

The Color Guard; (same people, no firing of the rifles). This includes presenting the colors at events like Special Olympics, games, and Parades. Also presentations at schools, to show how we honor our deceased Veterans by folding the flag, and presenting to someone attending that had a deceased Veteran, relative or friend, that did not have a Military Funeral. 

We have a very special dedicated Honor Guard that tirelessly volunteer their time for all these special times. 
We thank each and everyone for their commitment!

            Honor Guard Dinner for Normal Post 635 and Bloomington Post 56

                                                October 21, 2021

​Honor Guard Members                          Honor Guard Members along with Buglers, Bag 
​                                                               pipers, Drummer, and our Pilots that graciously  
                                                               perform Flyovers at Funerals