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Redcatcher70

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Posted: 12/02/19 07:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I lost a long-time good friend last week. He had a heart attack and went quickly. He had prearranged the service with the funeral home and planned to be cremated and placed in the State Veterans Cemetery.
All went smoothly, had his service at the Church we both attend, and before the service, I saw two young Air Force NCOs standing just inside the Auditorium. After sitting, one of the young men walked up front and placed a folded flag in a holder and returned to the back of the auditorium. After the service, both service members marched to the front and retrieved the folded flag and preceded to unfold the flag. After unfolding, they turned it upright for about a minute and then preformed the folding ceremony. One stood in the front of the auditorium and the other marched to the back and Taps were played. After Taps, the one holding the flag presented it to the son and marched to the rear. I never have seen this done before.
Our State Veterans Cemetery only performs about six funerals a day so sometimes it may take two weeks or longer to have a burial. Cremations can be placed at anytime if there is no service scheduled.
I never experienced this before and those attending had not seen it either. I thought it was a fitting part of the service, not all would get to experience this at a later date. Its just that I had never seen this before....


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Posted: 12/02/19 06:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never saw or even heard of the flag ceremony as you described it. Maybe because he had it pre planned?


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Posted: 12/03/19 08:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a coincidence. I am a member of a local group chartered as a non-profit with DOD that does funerals at no charge to the families.

M-1 Garands and active duty uniforms and bugle. We will give a speech of the deceased military record, lift the flag as you said and fire a rifle volley, present those spent rounds to family, play taps and fold and present the flag to the family along with 3 polished rounds and a memento from our group.

We pay for our own uniform and expenses from our own pockets.

Sometimes the funeral home will give us a donation and have fund raisers to cover our expenses.

Years ago all veterans were given a burial by active duty but times have changed and it is now 3 active duty from the branch of service the deceased was part of. It is the base commanders decision whether to provide active duty. Active duty only shows up about 10% of the time. We will do approximately 300 of the funerals this year. We are seeing more and more Vietnam veterans passing.

http://www.setvsg.com/

https://youtu.be/JHXgKJJdhQM
The video is from a time before the new uniform changes

If you know of someone who is a veteran and has passed, ask the funeral home if they can arrange military honors. Most families do not know this.


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Posted: 12/03/19 01:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Redcatcher70 wrote:

I lost a long-time good friend last week. He had a heart attack and went quickly. He had prearranged the service with the funeral home and planned to be cremated and placed in the State Veterans Cemetery.
All went smoothly, had his service at the Church we both attend, and before the service, I saw two young Air Force NCOs standing just inside the Auditorium. After sitting, one of the young men walked up front and placed a folded flag in a holder and returned to the back of the auditorium. After the service, both service members marched to the front and retrieved the folded flag and preceded to unfold the flag. After unfolding, they turned it upright for about a minute and then preformed the folding ceremony. One stood in the front of the auditorium and the other marched to the back and Taps were played. After Taps, the one holding the flag presented it to the son and marched to the rear. I never have seen this done before.
Our State Veterans Cemetery only performs about six funerals a day so sometimes it may take two weeks or longer to have a burial. Cremations can be placed at anytime if there is no service scheduled.
I never experienced this before and those attending had not seen it either. I thought it was a fitting part of the service, not all would get to experience this at a later date. Its just that I had never seen this before....


Awesome. Thanks for posting.


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Posted: 12/05/19 06:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As a member of the Comanche Indian Veterans' Association, I have participated in many honors ceremonies for veterans. Protocol is that if the person is a veteran but not a retired veteran, the parent service will send two or three active duty members to conduct honors. Folding, presenting the flag, taps are all part. For a retired veteran a full contingent up 8 to 10 active duty members will present honers. The CIVA does a memorial at the funeral, then will do whatever is required at the grave site. We will provide the gun salute when needed.
Part of the protocol at the funeral service is a roll call. Our commander will call the CIVA members forward, then call each name in turn. Members answer, 'Present, Commander." After the last name is called, the commander will then call the name of the deceased. His/her name will be called three times, then the commander states, "(Rank) (John Doe) is no longer in our presence. He is now in the presence of the Almighty Commander." He will then call "Honors," and each veteran in turn will march to the casket, face it and render a long, slow salute.


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Posted: 12/05/19 07:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice service(s)! Thank you and your fellow members for your dedication to paying your respects to our fallen.

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Posted: 12/05/19 04:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I spent about a year in Vietnam during the 60's with the Marines. I was last stationed at Khe Sahn, near the DMZ. To this day, I don't know how I made it out alive, without a scratch, having survived bullets, an anti personnel mine (set off by a guy next to me), and numerous rocket and artillery attacks. None of those with whom I was friendly survived.


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