By Jim Dresbach, Pentagram Staff Writer July 15, 2013
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - She asked, and she received.
A post 50-gun salute to the nation question-and-answer session with the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery landed 8-year-old tourist Sonja Banks an invaluable keepsake.
The noon Independence Day salute was followed by an informal meet and greet where visitors to Whipple Field may have pictures taken with Old Guard soldiers and ask questions about the firing. Many inquiries are made about soldier's dress and their medals, but Spc. Hollis Taylor of Texas never had the decorations subject breached as deeply as it was past Fourth of July.
"Do you have any questions?," Taylor, who is a battery watchman, asked Banks.
"Can I have a medal?" the eight-year-old matter-of-factly replied.
Taylor reacted by removing a medal from his lapel and presented it to the youngster.
"I've never had that question asked before," said Taylor, who is a five-year Presidential Salute Battery veteran. "That was the first time, so I might as well give it to her."
Sonja, daughter of a former Old Guard soldier, deemed it an honor to receive such a prize.