Elizabeth City VFW Honor Guard on viral funeral photos: ‘That’s disgusting’

Posted at 11:50 PM, Feb 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-18 23:50:12-05

Elizabeth City, NC - Two recent photos posted on social media by Spc. Terry Harrison, a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, have quickly gone viral.

The caption for one: "WE put the FUN in funeral your fearless honor guard from various states."

The pictures sparked outrage among Honor Guard members at the Elizabeth City VFW Post 6060.

"That’s disgusting," says Howard Holmen, a Post 6060 Honor Guard member.

"It seemed like everything was big party time, big joke," says Post Commander Greg Stafford.

The names of Post 6060’s fallen Honor Guard members are memorialized on a plaque.

"You’ve got your Vietnam, WWII, Korean vets here,” Stafford says. “They saw more sacrifice than we could ever imagine in our life and these guys here are just spitting on their graves."

The second picture posted by Harrison shows a female soldier with a folded flag in the background.

This caption reads: “It’s so damn cold out…WHY have a funeral outside! Somebody’s getting a jacked up flag…”

"We all suffered in the military,” Holmen says. “If you can't stand outside in the cold for two or three hours you don't deserve to wear a US military uniform. That should have never happened. That’s a lack of leadership.”

According to the CBS affiliate in Madison Wisconsin, WISN 12 News, Spc. Harrison has been suspended from her duties on the Funeral Honor Guard team.


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