May these pages serve as a memorial
 for BG Leonard C. Ward  
for he was an inspiration and provided 
much of the impetus for this website.  

BG Ward's Burial

On April 9th,  2001,  we buried BG Ward at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.  It was a very moving experience.  We would like to thank everybody who assisted in with funeral arrangements from getting out obituaries to the newspapers, to providing information to BG LeClaire for the eulogy.  BG LeClaire did a fantastic job with the eulogy and while honoring BG Ward and Joyce, made it a celebration of BG Ward's brilliance as a husband, father, and soldier.  BG Richard DeMara, LTC Daniel Rodeck, LTC David Wesoloski and LTC Tibor Lanczy flew out, while COL Don Small and his wife Margie drove out to Arlington to be present.   LTC Lanczy,  the 17th Battalion Commander of the 107th and LTC Wesoloski, the 18th and present Battalion Commander were asked to be honorary pall bearers and participated in the burial ceremony. It was an honor to pay not only our personal respects to the Wards, but also serve as representatives of the Engineer's and the MIARNG.

     The Battalion colors were present at the church.  Joyce was very happy to know we brought them as she had hand carried them with Leonard to Belgium to celebrate the  Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

     Just prior to the ceremony at Arlington, the family was greeted with the good news that Leonard was to be laid to rest very near the Tomb of the Unknown.  We don't know if it had an impact on the proceedings, but we will tell you the Old Guard put on quite a show and captured the attention of the visiting public.  Not only did they move the body by caisson in a normal procession, but we had a full band, weapons firing before the service, and then the final volley before the playing of taps.  Many of us have given away several flags but it has been a while since many of us were so moved to tears. These young soldiers executed the ceremony flawlessly and with great respect.  The Ward's had the funeral service professionally video taped and a copy of the tape will be presented to the Association for our archives.  

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