The Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143 Color Guard is assigned the prestigious honor of protecting the regimental colors during events, meetings, and funerals for veterans in Cherokee and in western North Carolina. To date, Post 143 has posted the colors for 98 events this year with 24 of those events being burials of veterans. Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed presented each Color Guard member with a jacket on Wednesday, Nov. 7 signifying their service in appreciation for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the Cherokee people.
“I offer my sincerest appreciation for all the work these gentlemen do on behalf of the Cherokee people,” said Chief Sneed. “They volunteer their precious time to ensure the EBCI is represented professionally and honorably. I would like to extend my thanks to each of these individuals and I hope each of you enjoy the gift presented.”
Color Guard/Honor Guard Members include: Jeff Marcum US Navy 1968-1974; Warren Dupree US Navy, US Coast Guard, US Army 1967-2009; Samuel Lambert US Navy 1966-1971; Gregory Hunt US Marine Corps 1980-1988; Martha Brindle US Army 1974-1976; Principal Chief Richard Sneed US Marine Corps 1986-1990; Albert Crowe US Navy 1982-1990; Charlie McCullough US Army 1974-1991; Lewis Harding US Navy 1957-1969; David McQueen US Army 1967-1970; Doug Swayney US Army 1978-1983; Jim Babcock US Army 1960-1962; Ray West US Navy, US Air Force, and US Army 1954-1961; Ernie Panther US Air Force; Jimmie Arch US Army 1977-1980; David Ledford US Army 1968-1970; and Charles Penick US Army 1974-1995.
– Office of the Principal Chief release