Friday, October 7, 2011

Maynard "Andy" Anderson

Twelve Patriot Guard were able to stand the flag line to honor Andy Anderson for his service to our country.
The wind was brisk (actually that isn't quite correct - it was very windy, and at times we had a difficult time holding our flags), and the flags blew crisp in the wind.  The funeral home arrived shortly after we gathered, so we quickly established a flag line as Mr Anderson was brought into the church.  We then had our briefing and reformed the flag line at 9:50 a.m. before family and friends started arriving.  During the service we stood down and were offered coffee by the ladies of the church.
Before the service ended, all but 4 went ahead to the cemetery to establish the flag line.  The remaining members stood the flag line with members of the North Dakota Air Guard for transfer to hearse, and then led the procession to the cemetery.  We were joined by the North Star Marine Corps League who provided military honors.  After family & friends had departed, the funeral director had the flag line move in closer while Mr. Anderson's ashes were placed in the ground.  Flag line was dismissed and post-mission gathering held at the Speak Easy.
Thank you to Mr Anderson for his service to our country!  Thank you to all who were able to attend today to honor him!