We also discussed forming an Honor Guard to conduct funerals for airborne veterans. Chairman Stephenson will still awaiting word from Bryan Hall Jackson of the LaFayette American Legion about the transfer of 9 M-1 rifles for use with our newly organized and trained Honor Guard. We have determined that the best place to secure these weapons is either the Armory at the Holzclaw Ave. Reserve Center or in a police department arms room. Accessibility on a short notice is of utmost importance. Going to Ft Campbell to receive training in Honor Guard duties is still an option for us but we have several men within the chapter who can train us up for this Honor Guard mission.
Chairman Stephenson announced that the location for our April 8th dinner is the Epicurean Restaurant on Ringgold Road at 1900 hours. Larry McDaris from the Cleveland Bradley County Veterans Service Center will be our guest speaker. Larry is both Ranger and Airborne qualified. He is an advocate for veterans and their families with VA issues.
Our chapter decided that we would participate in the May 2nd Armed Forces Parade in Chattanooga. We will march but we will not participate in the banquet following. Due to the hot weather the uniform for this event will not be the dress uniform but a modified casual uniform with polo shirt and kakhai pants and jump boots. We also determined we need a new banner with logo to accompany our color guard. Chairman Doug and Terona Chivers whose relative runs a banner and trophy shop will check on the price of acquiring a new banner / logo.
At the end of the meeting we all observed a moment of silence to honor the memory of an Airborne Veteran who recently died, William Guarnere, one of the Band of Brothers.