When a family approached Legion Post 364 in Corpus Christi, Texas, with a special request, Commander Art Hart had a solution by day's end. Army veteran and former area-resident Juan Garcia passed away this month in California, and several of his family members, unable to make the cross-country trip for the funeral, wanted to commemorate his service and honor his memory in his hometown.
Hart and three other members of the Honor Guard held a small ceremony for Garcia's family, at exactly the same time as his funeral in California, at the post. They performed the folding of the flag, played "Taps" and said a prayer. Hart said at the California funeral there were not military honors, so the Texas ceremony paid tribute to Garcia's service.
"We actually put tears in their eyes showing that we respect their uncle. They were appreciative that we stepped up to do that," Hart said.
Hart added it's a service they would perform for any veteran.
"Yes, I'm too old to serve now, but I can serve veterans by being a member of the Legion and also Honor Guard," he said.