Old Guard lays former regimental commander to rest

Story by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – Former regimental commander, retired Col. Stanley G. Bonta, was laid to rest on at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., June 9, 2017.

Bonta was the 63rd commander of The Old Guard from 1979-1982, and received a Special Full Honor Funeral for his service. Bonta passed away December 28, 2016.

The regiment’s chaplain, Maj. John E. Scott, reminded Bonta’s loved ones of his sacrifices.

“These sacred grounds stand as a lasting tribute to the men and women who have faithfully served our nation,” said Scott. “No place in Arlington National Cemetery can be purchased, each must be earned.”

Bonta not only earned his place in ANC, but he was inducted as a Distinguished Members of The Regiment (DMOR) in 1998.

Bonta’s legacy will forever live on.

“He answered the nations call and served with honor,” said Scott.

“Let us remember him for his love for his family, his country, his Army and Kentucky Wildcats basketball.”

Survivors of Bonta include his sons, Steve and Scott Bonta and his sister Frances Justice.

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