I’m going to write more on my observations from a funeral and graveside service I attended this morning. But right now I wanted to mention how incredibly poignant and moving a funeral with military honors is. I always get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when I attend one. The precision with which the honor guard performs their duties at these services adds a degree of respect, honor, dignity, emotion, and appreciation that is unparalleled by anything else I have ever seen. It makes me proud to be an American that our military sees fit to honor our fallen servicemen and women in such an incredible way. From the carrying of the casket to the playing of taps, these men and women serve a very important and meaningful purpose and are to be commended. Thanks!
I served on several funeral details while on active duty and I can assure you that the servicemen and women feel a great sense of pride, duty, and honor in doing so. For me, it was a privilege rather than an obligation. The toughest part for me was to try to get the words out while giving the flag to the veteran's widow. I got choked up every time.
It gave me chill bumps just reading that, Pat! Thanks for your service. It is truly one of, if not the single most moving things I have ever seen. I choke up every time without fail. I have a friend who is with the Sheriff's Department who was there today, too, and I told him as we were walking up that I wouldn't be able to get through the service with out a tear or two.
Very moving ceremony. Another reason our military is the best of the best.