By Jeffery Smith jsmith@the-leader.com

COOPERS PLAINS - Thirteen veterans and active military members enjoyed a free dinner Tuesday at Country Pub 2 in appreciation from Acly-Stover Funeral Home for all they have done to help grieving families at the funeral home or a cemetery.

Angie Acly-Carr, co-owner of Acly-Stover, said the funeral home is celebrating its 100th anniversary and what the Honor Guard has add to the services is greatly acknowledged by everyone involved.

“They are a big part of our services,” Acly-Carr said. “They are always there rain, sun or shine, and we greatly appreciate that.”

The veterans and active military members at the event said they enjoy serving as Honor Guard and what they bring to many in the area.

“It’s an honor to do what we do,” said Charlie Bosket, captain of Corning VFW Honor Guard/Ritual Team. “So this (dinner) just shows the appreciation.”

Acly-Carr said veterans and active military members at the dinner were from the Corning VFW Post 524 and the United States Military Honor Guard, of Horseheads.

“The dinner was to thank all the Honor Guard members for everything they have done for us at the funeral home,” said Avery Acly, co-owner of Acly-Stover and a Vietnam veteran.

Greg Gerber, area coordinator of the Horseheads Honor Guard, called the timing of the event “perfect.”

“I like it - the timing,” Gerber said. “It’s not on our busy season and we can get together and just tell stories and enjoy our dinner.”

Acly-Carr said Honor Guard members often fold the flag at the funeral event and present it to the families of the deceased.