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         Jerry Monical; 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
Clayton James;  Color Guard Commander

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:
​June 2017
Requests for Honor Guard Military Funeral Services must be made with the funeral director.

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

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Memorial Day Parade 2017 from downtown to Miller Park to rededicate the Viet Nam/Korean Memorial.  
Next, on to Evergreen Cemetery for the folding of the flag and a 21 Gun Volley. t.

​Military Funerals and Color Guard Functions
Update for 2017

One of the most important functions we do as an Honor Guard is perform military rites at a veterans funeral.
We ended 2016 with these results. Normal Post 635 and Bloomington Post 56  jointly performed military rites for 80 fallen veterans. Good news is that number is much less than the 110 we had in 2015

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.
The Color Guard are members of the Honor Guard. The Color Guard  performed 69 times in 2016. 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.


Annual Honor Guard Dinner was held at the Ozark House June 1st.

It's a pleasure working with such professional people!!
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Post 635 Honor Guard Commander is Jerry Monical.
Post 56 Honor Guard Commander is Rick Ross.

                           Jerry Monical                                  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!!!! 

                                  2016 Memorial Day Ceremonies

After the Parade there was a ceremony at the Miller Park Pavilion honoring those veterans who gave their all for their country. 

A 21 gun volley by the Honor Guard with taps by Tom Fatten concluded that ceremony. 

We took a short walk to the N. W. corner of Miller Park to the Korean Memorial for a ceremony conducted by Clayton James. A 21 gun volley by the Honor Guard with taps by Tom Fatten. Bagpipes played by Tom Asis

Next was a Memorial Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery. The folding of the flag and a 21 gun volley by the American Legion Post 635 Honor Guard with taps by Tom Fatten and Bagpipes played by Tom Asis.

I want to thank Derek Beigh, a videographer with the Pantagraph for taking a video of the Honor Guard performing the 21 gun volley at Evergreen Cemetery.

Republished with permission of the Pantagraph:

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