"There's a lot of good folks out there who are willing to step up if they know there's a chance to make something like this happen," said Albany Rural Cemetery Board of Trustees Member Michael Radlick.
An annual tradition in jeopardy due to the government shutdown...the ceremony celebrating the life of our 21st President, Chester A. Arthur, canceled after the National Guard announced it couldn't perform the color guard ceremony due to the shutdown.
"You know, there are certain things that a sequester shouldn't keep the American people from doing. And one of them is to honor a former President," said William Keyes, Albany Marine Corps League Detachment Color Guard Captain.
Keyes says after one of his guardsmen told him about the cancelation, he called up the Albany Rural Cemetery manager and said he'd provide them with a color guard Saturday, courtesy of the William Dale O'Brien Detachment of the Marine Corps League.
"I wasn't sure at that time that I said it that I'd be able to get a color guard, but I called my men in the detachment and they all stepped up and we were happy to do what we could do," said Keyes.
The political gridlock in Washington baffled most at the ceremony Saturday.
"It's beyond me how grown men can lock their heels when the entire country depends upon it," said Thomas Demao, Albany Marine Corps League Detachment Commandant.
But government shutdown or not, Demao says he and his men will do what's necessary when needed.
"We're marines and we answer the call," said Demao.