Honor Guard keeps with tradition

FARMER CITY, Ill. (WCIA) -- One man has been a part of his VFW for nearly 50 years. He is one of the original members of his Honor Guard and, he says, in all of his time there, one thing has stayed the same

Don Judd's life began in a white house 82 years ago. Little did he know, his real home was just down the street. He has fond memories growing up in Farmer City, but his favorites hang on VFW walls, because the VFW is where his heart is.

"VFW is more my family than it is an organization, and I don't want to let it down" Judd said.

For nearly 50, years he's seen it grow. He's worn many hats, but all of them have been brown.

"That brown and tan belongs to Farmer City" he said.

It started with their first uniforms.

He said, "We bought orange bowling shirts and we had black letters with our post on it."

When they finally got the money to buy real ones, they knew the blue and gold weren't going to work for them.

He said, "To us, that's always been the American Legion colors."

As one of the original Honor Guard members, you'll still see him wearing it. After so many years, this is still where he wants to be.

"As long as I'm physically able, I'm going to keep doing it" said Judd.

WCIA 3's Operation Honor Guard will be this Wednesday. Here are the Sites:

  • Sunset's Center for Loss & Healing, 3550 N. Vermilion St, Danville
  • Back Parking lot of WCIA, 509 S. Neil St., Champaign
  • Sunset-Urbas Chapel of Westville, 414 S. State St., Westville
  • Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield
  • Watseka Big R Stores, 1200 E. Walnut St., Watseka
  • Diepholz Auto Group,. 631 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston
  • Consolidated Communications, 2116 S. 17th St., Mattoon
  • Diepholz Auto Group, 15200 US Highway 150, Paris

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