Terry Carwile: Craig Member, VFW Post 4265
November 1, 2004
Your comments about Mr. Pogline’s death being a tragedy are absolutely correct. It is troubling that someone would think otherwise.
Our local VFW post performed a graveside ceremony for Mr. Pogline and his family. The ceremony consists of a prayer by the chaplain, a 21-gun salute, “Taps,” and presentation of the colors to the next-of-kin.
The local Army recruiter and two soldiers from Fort Carson near Colorado Springs assisted the post members with the ceremony. The two soldiers from Fort Carson drove here in bad weather and returned to their base in bad weather.
Our VFW post performs this ceremony to acknowledge and pay tribute to a fallen veteran’s service and to offer some small solace to the family.
Every veteran who passes from this life deserves to be honored for their service.
The regrettable circumstances of Mr. Pogline’s death should not overshadow the fact that he served our country proudly, honorably, and bravely during a time of war.
This is something we mustn’t forget.
Member, VFW Post 4265