Published On: Wed, Apr 9th, 2014

Color Guard preparing for spring, summer events

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The Pocahontas County High School Color Guard has grown its ranks with the help of Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps members. The guard will perform services at spring and summer events in the county. From left: Honor Corps member Harlan Whiting, Honor Corps member Joe Arbogast, Adam Irvine, Philip Green, Bryce Kranc, David Rose, Cade Walker, Miles Goodall, Cary Robertson, Ryan Irvine, Brice Galloway, Curtis Kiner, Autumn Vance, Kristie Topper, Heather Pritt, Courtney Coetzee and Honor Corps member John McCollum. S. Stewart photo

The Pocahontas County High School Color Guard has grown its ranks with the help of Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps members. The guard will perform services at spring and summer events in the county. From left: Honor Corps member Harlan Whiting, Honor Corps member Joe Arbogast, Adam Irvine, Philip Green, Bryce Kranc, David Rose, Cade Walker, Miles Goodall, Cary Robertson, Ryan Irvine, Brice Galloway, Curtis Kiner, Autumn Vance, Kristie Topper, Heather Pritt, Courtney Coetzee and Honor Corps member John McCollum. S. Stewart photo

The Pocahontas County High School Color Guard is gearing up for a busy spring and summer with the help of the Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps.

First on the agenda is a refresher course on proper drill maneuvers. The group meets for practice at Honor Corps member Harlan Whiting’s house.

“We need to get them to know everything in drill,” Whiting said. “The position of attention, the position of parade rest with the flags. They’ll be carrying their rifles, that’s why I’ve got to drill at home.”

The Color Guard will begin the busy season when they present the colors at the PCHS graduation ceremony Saturday, May 31.

This year, the Color Guard will take over duties for the Honor Corps at summer festival parades. While the Color Guard leads the parades, the Honor Corps will follow on a float.

The Color Guard currently has 16 members. Whiting said the Honor Corps is still raising funds to buy more uniforms for students who are interested in joining the guard.

Those interested in making a donation may contact Whiting at 304-799-6057 or mail donations to The Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps, 1250 Douthards Creek Road, Marlinton, WV 24954.

Suzanne Stewart may be contacted at sastewart@pocahontastimes.com

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