The Marion County Veterans Honor Guard has been in operation since it conducted its first military honors at a veteran’s funeral in February 1996. This initial group had no uniforms and used borrowed World War I weapons. Since that time, we have progressed to 44 volunteer members, all wearing the uniform of the service they served in while on active duty. We have two sets of weapons assigned and have traveled in our own bus for many years. However, our bus had gotten old, with defective heater and air conditioning and a leaking roof.