As we're all aware the military is steeped in tradition, and probably among the most notable, remarkable, and visible of these traditions is of course the military ceremony... so, throughout the years what event stands-out most in your memory? It could've been a respectful or honorable detail, a special event or promotion, or maybe a defining moment like a graduation, commissioning, retirement, evening event (service ball, birthday celebration, etc.), or even a military wedding, reenlistment, community support event, colorguard, inauguration, parade, mess night, dining-in, dining-out, or any number of other events. Some communities have truly interesting histories, traditions, and ceremonies, so this should prove to be a fun and informative discussion, and we should all learn a-thing-or-two in the process; please feel free to share photos, links, videos, or anything needed to tell your story. Well, it's about that time, so pull-up a keyboard, and let's get this thing started; thank you for all that you do, and... see you all in the discussion threads!
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I remember being placed on funeral detail for the first time driving across Georgia thinking to myself about the service member, would there be a lot of people present, what if I messed something up. I was so nervous with every fold, and prior to the presentation I hadn't even had the chance to see who the widow was. After folding the flag and marching to the widow I stepped down and in front of me was the saddest blue eyes I had ever seen. The widow's husband had served during the Korean War, a fact I learned after the funeral and upon return. Her face was filled with tears and for a moment I forgot where I was and all that was there was her and I. I felt as if I was looking at my own grandmother and immediately began to well up. It took every ounce of my being not to let go. I will never forget that duty or her kind words of gratitude when I handed her the colors.
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