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Color Guard – Celebrating 70 Years of Service

The Solon American Legion Color Guard remembered and celebrated 70 years of service to the community on April 26. Nineteen members and their guests enjoyed the evening with dinner and retelling of stories.

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Attendees (with years of service) Front row: Bob Stinocher (56), Wayne Croy, Sgt at Arms (39), Doug Thompson (2), John McFarland, Chaplain (12), Lynn Worrell (2), Ken Coder (28), Jim Stahle (61), George Hebl (17)
Back row: Randy Wille (17), Bob Storck (7), Jim Leland (52), Chris Croy (10), Dan Bartlett (40), Bernie Erenberger (12), Ben Huber (36), Jack Beranek (70), Pat Zenishek (6), Jeff Alberhaskey (10), Bill Meyer (30)
Not pictured: Mike Aicher (40), Justin Bartling (2), Tom Malatek (41), Mike Stevens (2), Phil Yakish (7), Raymond Croy (36), John Drahozal (22), Emil Velky (54)

The Solon Post 460 Color Guard was organized in 1946 by returning World War II veterans who saw the need and desired to give their veteran brothers a traditional military farewell. The thrust of the organization was that of Jack Beranek, Cecil Goodlove and Bill Zenishek but immediately grew to include Francis Hennessy, Ray Brannaman, Joe Herman, Stan Zenishek, John Phillips, Harold Croy and Gene Beuter. These were the ten Charter members. At that time they wore their original service uniforms. The blue uniform was introduced in 1950 by Jack Beranek and Cecil Goodlove.

Their first funeral was that of George Hamm, marching behind the casket from the Brosh Funeral Home to the Oakland Cemetery. Since 1989, the Color Guard has performed military honors for 138 veterans.

COLOR GUARD – 2005-2006

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Front row (L to R): Melvin Kessler, Oscar Kindler, Tom Malatek, Steve Connell, John Jenson, Charlie Yarbrough, George Chaloupka
Back row (L to R): Bob Stinocher, Jim Stahle, Bill Connell, Ray Brannaman, Bill Zenishek, Dan Bartlett, Emil Velkey, Larry Swann (Department Commander)