The crack of each rifle report snapped the audience to attention.
American flags had been placed at every veterans’ grave. The solitary notes of a bugle echoed in the otherwise silent ceremony.
Harry Westcott, dressed in his National Guard uniform, regularly leads the salute. Every Memorial Day, the Franklin resident considers it one of his greatest honors to be involved in the ceremony and help ensure that the community understands and appreciates the sacrifice these men have made.
Westcott has devoted his life to military service. For more than 40 years, he served in either active duty or reserve status for the National Guard. He worked his way up from being a cook at Camp Atterbury to leading psychological operations in Vietnam, eventually rising to the rank of colonel.