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By JENNIFER BROWN, For the JG/T-C | Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 6:06 am | (0) Comments

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CHARLESTON — Boy Scout Troop 141 members

participated in a Memorial Day service Monday at
Mound Cemetery to honor veterans.
Keith Kohanzo, committee chairman for Troop 141,
has had the minute-gun used by the Scouts in the
ceremony in his family for generations.
“We shoot minute guns,” Kohanzo said. “We had the
saluting guns available and they are done in one-
minute intervals.”
Kohazo explained this is different from a regular 21-
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gun ceremony because they shoot rifle-volleys. Each
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branch may have anywhere from five to nine
Troop 141 fire a miniature cannon during the Minute Gun
ceremony for Memorial Day at Roselawn/ Mound participants shooting volleys. Once three volleys are It’s great to get a day off
Cemetery in Charleston, Ill., on Monday, May 31, 2010. fired, the cease fire will end.
I would rather be at work/school
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The only branches in the military that use this
ceremony are the Army and the Navy; the Air Force Vote
does not participate in it.
John L. Daum, Transportation Central Region, was an onlooker to Monday’s event.
“This is a salute canon that comes off a ship,” Daum said. “There’s a shot a minute, for 20 minutes. It’s an
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Daum said this is the first year Boy Scout Troop 141 has received permission to hold the ceremony. For 10 1 adult, 3 kids die in crash
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Daum states that 21-gun salutes are seven soldiers each firing three shots. The flag is at half-mast while More closings: Area schools call off Thursday
the 21-gun salute is in process, then all the Boy Scouts meet at the flag pole to raise the flag to full staff at classes
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Michael Drake, a Troop 141 Scout, said Memorial Day represents how Americans feel toward their country. Coles County region
“My part was to give the signal to fire,” Drake said. “I fired the gun three times.” EIU classes canceled, area schools closed
Tuesday due to storm
Drake said he has been a Scout since he was eligible to join the organization. He had often wondered how
the flag poles in town were raised, and after participating in it, now he knows.
“Memorial Day represents what this day means to other people and those who have made it that way,”
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“There’s lots of support. The boys conduct the ceremony,” Hudson said. “This gun is 70 years old. It Schneider National
belongs to Keith Kohanzo; it came off a yacht in Chicago and has been a family heirloom of theirs for many
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Hudson said a larger version of Monday’s minute-gun was used on navel vessels. Each Memorial Day, they
used their guns to represent their sailors. Tractor Trailer Mechanic

Before Memorial Day was known by its traditional name, it was called Decoration Day.
“Abraham Lincoln instituted it to represent the fallen from the Civil War,” Hudson said.
Memorial Day has been celebrated ever since then, and each ceremony last on average 20 minutes.

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The original ceremony took place at 10 a.m. in Mound Cemetery, Charleston. Also among area events to
honor veterans on this Memorial Day weekend, Charleston VFW Post 1592 and Ladies Auxiliary conducted
observances in Charleston and Ashmore.

Contact Jennifer Brown at jebrown2@eiu.edu.

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Posted in Local, News, Military on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 6:06 am Updated: 12:13 pm. | Tags: Memorial, Veterans,
Veteran, Scout, Troop_141

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