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Military, Public, Veterans invited to funeral of Veteran.

No Veteran should be put to rest alone.
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Military, Public, Veterans invited to funeral of Veteran.

No Veteran should be put to rest alone.
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In the roughly six months I spent at my first (hahaha) Permanent Duty Station, I managed to get the "Funeral Detail" about 15 times. You would be surprised at how many Veterans only had a couple of people show up. I realize that this was the UP of Michigan and all, but we drove all the way to Green Bay a couple of times, and were the only people that showed up, (except for the people actually doing the Funeral). I don't know what it was like in other places, that was just my experience. So I'm not really all that surprised. Funeral Detail was a random assignment, I shared a room the the clerk in the Orderly Room, and he would ask if I wanted to do it... One of the better Details.... as opposed to shoveling snow off the edge of the runway, or Busing tables at the Officers Club.....
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Re: No Veteran Should Be Put To Rest Alone.

One more found on facebook.

Michigan funeral home is putting out the call for locals to show their respect to Vietnam veteran with no living relatives.

www.facebook.com/Funeral for Niles MI Vietnam veteran with no living relatives

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Re: No Veteran Should Be Put To Rest Alone.

This is one reason I belong to the Patriot Guard. We recently stood on a Flag line for a homeless 'Nam Vet who died alone. 12 of us there at the funeral home. No one else except funeral home staff and the minister to conduct services. We did not know the guy or why he was homeless, but he was a Vet, so we were there.

RIP, brother.....
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this is one reason i belong to the patriot guard. We recently stood on a flag line for a homeless 'nam vet who died alone. 12 of us there at the funeral home. No one else except funeral home staff and the minister to conduct services. We did not know the guy or why he was homeless, but he was a vet, so we were there.

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My dad's first-cousin passed away 6-7 years ago, retired, but a long career in the Air Force. I recall quite a few people at his memorial service (weekend), and then a few days later (a weekday, early afternoon), he was driven to his final resting place at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetary (Dixon, CA).

Being a weekday and mid-day, I was surprised to see so many people (outside of his family). He was escorted (about 45 miles) by one of those veteran motorcycle clubs (Patriot Guard?) where they had at least a dozen riders drive all that way, for someone they did not know... Lined up on both sides as the pall bearers carried the casket by.
They even had some young airmen there in dress blues, that handled the casket from the hearse to the podium, folded the flag, etc...


I always thought it was very emotional, and I even noticed one of the younger airmen/pall bearers had a tear rolling down his face... This for an old guy he never met... Very powerful, IMO...


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I always thought it was very emotional, Very powerful, IMO...
It's always very emotional, especially when you know it's a homeless Vet that died alone. If he had family somewhere, they probably don't even know or care that he's gone.

Yes, the tears flow.....
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Since I retired that is one of the things I do, honor guard at military funerals. Some have a lot of people, some are just us and the hearse driver at the cemetery. We still do our thing. When asked the Patriot Guard motorcycles or one of the other Veteran groups will escort and have a flag line.

Always emotional, never gets easier.

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In the roughly six months I spent at my first (hahaha) Permanent Duty Station, I managed to get the "Funeral Detail" about 15 times. You would be surprised at how many Veterans only had a couple of people show up. I realize that this was the UP of Michigan and all, but we drove all the way to Green Bay a couple of times, and were the only people that showed up, (except for the people actually doing the Funeral). I don't know what it was like in other places, that was just my experience. So I'm not really all that surprised. Funeral Detail was a random assignment, I shared a room the the clerk in the Orderly Room, and he would ask if I wanted to do it... One of the better Details.... as opposed to shoveling snow off the edge of the runway, or Busing tables at the Officers Club.....
im a retired ops msg for a corp one of our dutys was funerals aside for a hundred other things very somber for me to show the respect due

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i agree not one veteran should be laid to rest alone, contact your state to see who would provide a funeral or honor guard for a veteran usally the local VFW, or the funeral home would set it up

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 19, 5:18 PM
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As an E-5 at a AF base in Texas I was on the funeral detail for awhile. It was an emotional experience.
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