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Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard offers special service for soldiers

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Created: September 03, 2020 03:31 PM

SCHUYLERVILLE – Kerry Lawson honored this nation by serving in the Air Force. Now she is honoring those taking their final rest by making sure they get the send-off they deserve.

Love of country and respect for the flag were passed on to Lawson at a young age.

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She remembers sitting on curbs, watching parades go by, and her father, a World War II vet, teaching her to always rise for the American flag.

That patriotism was further cemented on her heart when she joined the military herself.

So when Saratoga National Cemetery put out the call for a volunteer honor guard, she didn't hesitate to apply.  

A squad commander and one of just four women in the 120 person Saratoga National Honor Guard, Commander Lawson's group provides a service not all national cemeteries do. They offer soldiers a special, final show of respect before they take their rest.

Learn more about how many salutes they do a day, and why it means so much to everyone involved, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.


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