I had the privilege to volunteer as part of the honor guard (also known as ceremonial guard) for my unit. We were tasked to attend a veteran’s funeral at Jefferson Barracks. The honor guard is also tasked to guard national moments, are the guardians of “the colors”, and in this case, provide funeral honors.
The honor guard is a noble and time honored tradition which am proud to have participated in. It is my hope to have such a ceremony when my time comes to go gently into that good night. Though, I think at times of those men and women in uniform whose time was suddenly cut short I say:
As virtuous men pass mildly away,
- And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
“Now his breath goes,” and some say, “No.”
And even though I didn’t personally know the soldier, I realize that we are brothers and sisters in arms and forever bonded by our service to this great nation.