The Memorial Rifle Squad in its 40 years of service for our
veterans, is proud that they have never missed a funeral.
With wind chill temperatures at -36 below zero,
WCCO reports on the Rifle Squad dedication.
This is a link to the story as reported by CBS National news.
Twin Cities WCCO-TV photojournalist Tom Aviles won a National
Emmy for this 2004 video of volunteer services of The Memorial
Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
In May of 2016 photojournalist, Tom Avilies from WCCO-TV
Channel 4 returns for an update on the Memorial Rifle Squad.
This video details the transition of the honor guard duties
from the WWII generation to younger Vietnam Era vets.
On April 16, 2012, George Weiss, Jr., one of the founders of
the Memorial Rifle Squad at Fort Snelling National Cemetery,
received the Citizens Medal from President Obama for his
extraordinary service to our nation’s veterans. As a proud
member US Marine Corps, George served at the closing days of
World War II. George passed on January 4th, 2021.
On Saturday, June 19, 2021, George Weiss, the last surviving
member of the founders of the Memorial Rifle Squad was laid
to rest. George was a dedicated US Marine that started the
Rile Squad in 1979. A highlight of George’s legacy is the
creation of the Rifle Squad and the numerous honors services
it has provided as the final salute to our Nations Veterans.