I spent my final few months in the Army as the NCO in charge of military funerals. For those that don’t know, our veterans have the option of having full military honors at their funerals. This entails the famous 21 Gun Salute, military pallbearers, and of course the flag draped coffin which is folded graveside and presented to the family.
This was probably the toughest assignment I had during my five years of Army service. Supervising the details of the funeral wasn’t what was hard – what was hard was presenting the flag to the grieving family.
As a veteran, I’ve already told my wife that I would like full military honors when God calls me to the promised land. Part of this honor is classic white marble headstone which comes from Vermont. CBS News recently aired a very informative segment which shows the entire process from mining to completion.