Bob Workman (from left), Dick Clark and Jack Miller were three of 11 members of the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard unit that received the Funeral Honors Award service ribbon from the state. Indiana is one of only five states that officially recognize the tradition, and the Greenfield unit was among only 10 of 40 certified veterans organization in the state to receive the award.
GREENFIELD — For 11 of its members, the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard uniform has become a bit heavier.
The Indiana Funeral Honors Award, a new service ribbon recognizing the honored tradition of veterans conducting military funerals for fellow veterans, was enacted this summer in Indiana by Gov. Mike Pence, and the Greenfield unit members were recognized for their service recently in an Indianapolis ceremony.
Indiana is one of only five states that has a state ribbon recognizing the service, and of the more than 40 certified veterans service organizations in the state, the Greenfield Honor Guard is among only 10 that earned the initial award, said honor guard commander Bob Workman.
Since it was formed in 2000, the Indiana Funeral Honors program has completed more than 20,000 services throughout the state.
Greenfield’s unit conducted 66 services during the award period from January 2012 to June 30, 2013, Workman said.