American Legion Veterans Memorial Post #347, Lady Lake, FL

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Office (352) 750-2099
9AM - 4PM, Mon - Fri

Lounge (352) 750-0639
12PM - closing

Veterans Memorial Post #347 Honor Guard

History and Mission

The Veterans Memorial Post #347 Honor Guard was originally formed on September 25, 1995, by Post Veterans who had been members of another honor guard, in our area.  Their mission was to provide Military Honors for Post #347 members, when requested by the family, and to represent Post #347 at various Legion and community events.

In 2004, the Honor Guard was reformed, and is now considered by some to be the best American Legion Honor Guard in Florida.  At present we have 62 members, of which anywhere from 25 to 35 will be present for Military Honors at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, or a local cemetery. We also provide Military Honors at local funeral homes, depending on the individual situation.

The Honor Guard's current mission, as authorized by the Post Executive Committee, is to provide Military Honors for: Post #347 members, Post #347 member’s Veteran spouse, Auxiliary Unit #347 Veteran members, and Sons of The American Legion Squadron #347 Veteran members.  In addition, The Honor Guard presents our Country's colors at The Post's official events, community outreach events, parades, and other similar functions and ceremonies as requested and approved by the Honor Guard Commander.

At a military funeral The Post #347 Honor Guard takes the Military Honors to the next level, with our Honor Guard Chaplain’s prayer, a formal address by the Commander, and the presentation of a poem, and a Holy Bible/Book to the family.  Also, the folding and presentation of the American Flag to the family, followed by the three volleys of seven riflemen, and the playing of Taps, completes the Honors to our Comrade and your loved one.  When available, our Piper, Buck Buchanan, plays “Going Home” and “Amazing Grace”, at intervals during the ceremony, if you so desire.  The Military Honors or Memorial Service by the Post #347 Honor Guard are provided for you and your family as a Privilege and an Honor by the Post #347 Honor Guard, at no cost to you.

For further information on our Military Honors, or joining the Honor Guard, please contact the Main Office: 352-750-2099 Hours: 9 AM to 4 PM Mon-Fri;
or leave a message for:

Gary Gerke, Honor Guard Commander


The Post #347 Honor Guard is shown below presenting colors at a Memorial Day ceremony in Lady Lake Cemetery.



The Post #347 Honor Guard is shown below presenting colors at a Flag Day ceremony at Post #347.



Post #347 Honor Guard presented colors and performed a 21 gun salute at the December 2018 Wreaths Across America ceremony at Lady Lake Ceremony.



Joan Suelter, past Honor Guard Commander Post #347, instructs cadets from Lake Weir High School's JROTC Battalion Honor Guard.



The Post #347 Honor Guard visited Lady Lake Elementary school and demonstrated to 5th grade students how to properly raise and lower our American Flag.