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Civil Air Patrol’s teens perform an Honor Guard ceremony for the late Pat Shely

Honor Guard Academy - Pat Shely funeral

Honor Guard Academy cadets from 2019 class. Photo by Kaye Moore of the Bluegrass 99s

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July 5, 2019
Civil Air Patrol’s teens perform an Honor Guard ceremony for the late Pat Shely

Article written by Col Darrell Williamson.

FRANKFORT, Ky.

The Kentucky Wing Hosted the 2019 Great Lakes Region Honor Guard Academy at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, KY June 23-29, 2019. Cadets from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Ohio came together to learn how to perform ceremonies, colors presentations, funeral procedures, how to prepare the ceremonial uniform to earn the title of Civil Air Patrol Ceremonial Honorguardsman.

The Honor Guard Academy was given the special honor of performing ceremonial duties for the funeral of 2dLt Mary Pat Shely, a WWII CAP member and recipient of the CAP Congressional Gold Medal in 2018. The family reached out to the academy’s director, Col Darrel Williamson, to see if the Kentucky Wing would be able to support the ceremony at the family farm with a color guard. Col Williamson was able to inform the family that not only would they be able to support that request, but he would bring the entire honor guard academy to the ceremony to perform ceremonial duties as needed.

The cadets and staff trained hard for a colors team, bearers team, and a transport and escort team, which would carry Lt Shely’s cremains to the family farm in which she enjoyed most of her life, and learned to fly.

“Lt Shely was a lifetime educator, and she would have loved to know that students helped lay her to rest.  We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to honor her,” said Dr. Gail Stewart, daughter- in-law of Lt Shely.

The cadet candidates were only informed of their pending performance on their initial welcoming briefing on the first day, and they would be traveling the three hours to Winchester, KY to do the performance on Thursday morning of their academy. Although there was a short time to prepare for their duties they would perform, the students of the Great Lakes Region Honor Guard Academy performed at the highest standards of professionalism and ceremonial traditions fully living up to the CAP Honor Guard Creed in honoring Lt Shely as if they had been performing much longer then only three days.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Ai r Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 63,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

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