Public Apology from Bob De Groff
On July 20th, the memorial service for Roger Frazier was held at the Dove Creek Cemetery.
VFW Post 5181 was requested to render final military honors as we are proud do for all departed veterans.
This is a solemn duty to honor our comrades in arms and one that we take very seriously.
The ceremony includes the firing of three volleys and the playing of Taps at the conclusion of the final prayer and Post Commander's comments.
As the leader of the rifle squad, it was my job to ensure that the firearms are properly maintained, loaded, and ready for the ceremony.
In this I failed, and as a result, we were unable to fire the traditional volleys.
This failure was my sole responsibility and I cannot express how sorry I am to Mr. Frazier's family and many friends who were in attendance.
It embarrassed and reflected poorly on myself, The VFW, and the great members of Post 5181.
I have taken steps to ensure such an inexcusable lapse will not happen in the future.
Again, I offer my most sincere apologies.
Bob De Groff Senior Vice Commander VFW Post 5181