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375 East Locust Street - , Columbia, Illinois

American Legion Post 581

Columbia American Legion Post 581

Honor Guard


 Captain  -  Alex Catlett


James Lawlor     -     Calvin Fries

James Reeves     -     Jim Schroeder

Charles Crowder     -     Gary Ruskaup

Gary Pettit     -     Ray Bense

Ray Schaefer     -     Jim Miller

Lawrence Hanegan


The Honor Guard of Columbia American Legion Post 581 is a dedicated corps of veterans who strive to render honor and dignity to diverse ceremonial functions.  The Honor Guard is the most conspicuous  liaison between American Legion Post 581 and the Columbia, Illinois community.

They serve at many Patriotic Events, Flag Ceremonies, Memorial Services, and will also render Military Honors at local funeral services in Columbia, Dupo, Millstadt and Waterloo. Funeral Honor Guard service should be  coordinated through the local Funeral Director handling your arrangements.


Members from left to right: Clarence Metter, James Lawlor, Calvin Fries, James Reeves, James Schroeder, Charles Crowder, and Gary Pettit.

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