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It's something these veterans have been doing for decades. They make sure their fellow veterans are honored for their military service as part of their final services.

"We're burying a brother, or sister, and it's kind of emotional," said Perry County Military Honor Guard Jim Quigley. " It's like the last farewell, so to speak, and we take it seriously."

And now, the unit not only performs as a team, they travel as one in a brand new 15 passenger bus.

"To me, personally, it is, in one word, class. A class act," added Quigley.

With members coming from VFW posts in New Bloomfield, Newport and Landisburg, one of their biggest challenges was coordinating travel. That problem has been eased with the bus.

Robert Snook, VFW 7463 Commander, says travelling together helps in many ways.

"Normally, when we would go, we'd be taking 4 or 5 cars," Snook said. "This way it's more professional. When we pull in at the cemetery, it looks nicer. It carries everybody. It holds our weapons and the flags."

On the day we followed the guard team with our camera, they honored Army reservist Dale Dobbs of Loysville, a United Methodist pastor at McVeytown, New Germantown and Blain.

"He would be so honored to have the whole group today," said Jane Dobbs, wife of the honored solider. " I mean, he was so proud of his military service."

On average, the honor guard performs at close to 50 services a year. And, it is a commitment the unit considers a privilege.

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