Sandy’s Sign Shop’s Elizabeth Holthaus and Sandy Boeding pose in front of the trailer the New Hampton company had a hand in building for a unique Army unit in San Antonio, Texas.

Sign shop lovingly wraps unique trailer

Local business provides final touch to new trailer for Fort Sam Houston Caisson Platoon

Don't get Sandy Boeding or Elizabeth Holthaus wrong, when they "wrap" a trailer — any vehicle, really — they do so with loving care.

But one of their latest projects completed by Sandy's Sign Shop touched them deeply.

"I've always considered myself pretty patriotic," said Boeding, who has owned her shop for the past 20 years, "but when you do something like this, I think it hits you just a little more. When you realize what this trailer will do ... well, you want it to be perfect."

Boeding and Holthaus — along with their husbands — recently finished wrapping a horse trailer that will be used by the United States Army 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, that is assigned to U.S. Army North. Based at Fort Sam Houston, the unit is tasked with conducting memorials and funeral honors in southern Texas.

"Our solemn duty is to ride the horses as part of the cassion in a military funeral procession to bring a fallen service member to their final resting place," SPC Timothy French, who serves as The Old Guard's platoon sergeant. "We are grateful to be able to carry on this humble tradition and continue to honor those who came before us."

And Boeding and Holthaus, too, are grateful to have the chance to be part of the tradition.

      ---More on the story may be found in the March 30 Tribune.


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