Carl | May 28, 2012
Military funeral services over time, with “Echo Taps” played by the US Marine Band. Photos from: Library of Congress, National Archives and Records, Dover Air Force Base, and Wikipedia.
1) Civil War veteran standing and saluting with a Boy Scout and a soldier at a gravesite in Oak Woods Cemetery on Memorial Day. (LOC)
2) Standing in the grassy sod bordering row upon row of white crosses in an American cemetery, two dungaree-clad Coast Guardsmen pay silent homage to the memory of a fellow Coast Guardsman who lost his life in action in the Ryukyu Islands.” (NARA)
3) The crew of the USS SOUTH DAKOTA stands with bowed heads, while Chaplain N. D. Lindner reads the benediction held in honor of fellow shipmates killed in the air action off Guam on June 19, 1944. July 1, 1944 (NARA)
4) With a canvas tarpaulin for a church and packing cases for an altar, a Navy chaplain holds mass for Marines at Saipan. The service was held in memory of brave buddies who lost their lives in the initial landings.” Sgt. Steele, June 1944. (NARA)
5) Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington, D.C. (LOC)
6) A Marine at Vietnam Memorial on 4th July 2002. (Wikipedia)
7-9) Ceremonies for offloading caskets at Dover Air Force Base, casualties from OIF.
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