Thursday, September 17, 2009

Oregon National Guard Funeral Honors team takes second in national competition

While the Oregon National Guard Funeral Honors team didn't take the national championship this year, participants came away with a renewed sense of accomplishment and camaraderie, says team coordinator, Mark Brady.

"This competition brings the best honor guard units in the nation together," says Mark Brady, team coordinator. "It spurs teams to be better than they were."

But he adds, the people who really benefit from competitions are not really the soldiers.

"The true beneficiaries of this excellence is the family members, and the retirees and veterans themselves," Brady said.

"I am very proud of this Oregon team and as usual have presented themselves with professionalism and pride," he added.

The competition wrapped up with a banquet for all the participants on the evening of Sept. 17. The top three winners were; Minnesota National Guard (first place), Oregon National Guard (second place), and Idaho National Guard (third place).

Here are some pictures from the final day of the event, held at Fort Myer in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
National Guard Bureau Public Affairs Office

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