This video performed for one of our Military Veterans exemplifies the Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling final salute performed during the honors presentation at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Twin Cities WCCO photojournalist Tom Aviles won a National Emmy for this 2004 video article on services performed by The Memorial Rilfe Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Tom’s numerous hours at Fort Snelling, excellent photo journalistic video and hours of editing has resulted in an outstanding story depicting the dedication of the Memorial Rifle Squad volunteers.

In May of 2016 photojournalist Tom Avilies from WCCO Channel 4 again commits his time at Fort Snelling to provide an update on the Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling. This update focuses on the aging Rifle Squad veterans from World War II and the Korean War.  The video interviews members involved with the transition of the honor guard duties from the aging WWII generation to primarily younger Vietnam Era vets.

On April 16, 2012 George Weiss, Jr., the only active member of the original founders of the Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling received the Citizens Medal from President Obama for his extraordinary service to our nation’s veterans and their families.  George was a veteran at the closing days of World War II and a very proud member of the United States Marine Corps.

We have a dwindling number of WWII Vets on the Rifle Squad.  This video will bring tears of Pride & Thanks remembering our WWII Veterans.  Gary Sinise a dedicated supporter of Veterans who proudly walks in the footsteps of Bob Hope hosts this WWII benefit.  With the War ending in 1945, 2017 marks 72 years since the end of the war.  If a WWII Vet joined the service in 1943 at the age of 18, that would make the YOUNGEST surviving WWII veteran 92.
Be sure to thank any WWII Vet you know SOON!