Fort Bliss, TX (US Army) — Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, were certified in military funeral honors, June 26.
The intense six-month certification requires Soldiers to be attentive to every detail even more so than in their everyday activities.
On certification day, a practice scenario was setup to allow the Soldiers to certify in the procedures of military funeral honors.
Pvt. Anthony Preston, a Cavalry scout from the 2-13 Cav., 4th BCT, 1st AD, talked about the feeling he got while performing the ceremony.
“The experience is a true honor,” said Preston. “Nothing feels better than to pay final respects to those who served before me.”
Accurate and sharp movements must be performed during the ceremony and attention to detail is paramount.
“Honoring those who served before me, that’s important,” said Preston. “Making sure everything is right and on-time; the veterans and family deserve it.”
The Army values play heavy into the ceremony said Pfc. John Crowmer, a Soldier assigned to 2-13 Cav., 4th BCT, 1st AD.
“Striving for perfection is the most important part of our duty,” said Crowmer. “In my experience performing and training for funeral honors; I have come to realize that is of the most important honor in the military.
Dedication to the ceremony, the Soldier(s) involved and the families affected comes first.”
“We are charged with dedication and attention to detail,” continued Crowmer.
“My team and I push the envelope to remain a cut above the rest in both Army standards and dedication to the cause plus the ceremony and fallen heroes.”
Several different configurations can be used with funeral honors, including a three-man, four-man, and seven-man team. An officer at the head of the casket to ensure accuracy is upper-most in everyone’s mind. A 3-gun or 7-gun salute marks the end of the ceremony with a 3-round volley fired directly over the casket.
The honor is the final demonstration a grateful nation does for the veteran’s family.