Last week CNCS CEO Patrick Corvington joined President Obama to honor thirteen outstanding Americans from across the country who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens” with a 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal. All of the recipients are remarkable; living examples of the importance of service in addressing our nation’s most pressing challenges. Today, on Serve.gov, we wanted to highlight the work of one Presidential Citizens Medal recipient in particular who has dedicated his time to honor those who have served our nation.
George Weiss Jr., a veteran of World War II and the United States Marine Corps, founded the first all-volunteer memorial rifle squad that provides military honors at the funerals of veterans. In the late 1970s, diminishing active duty Armed Forces contingents in Minnesota made it nearly impossible to provide Military honors at funerals in the Twin Cities. Weiss saw this need, and founded the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad in 1979 to meet the requests of the families of veterans to honor their loved ones. Today, the Rifle Squad consists of more than 125 volunteers who have performed final military honors for more than 55,000 deceased veterans. For his dedication and tireless work on behalf of veterans and their families, Weiss was awarded the Citizens Medal.
Take a look at this video from the White House of George Weiss Jr. as he discusses his story of service:
Learn more about the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad, check out the White House Citizens Medal page to hear the other impressive award recipients share their stories of service and visit Serve.gov/militaryfamilies to find out how you can give back to those who serve.