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A Serviceman's Final Salute

The military funeral is unlike any other service in the world. While most of us are aware of the honors and services given at the graveside, the military process begins as soon as the tragedy occurs. Within 12 hours, the United States Military sends a Death Notification team to the family of the fallen hero. Then between the hours of 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. comes the knock at the door that is portrayed in so many movies. Two service members in full dress uniform, a chaplain and another service member solemnly stand at the entry to the home of one of their brethren.