NY Honor Guard: 10K-plus funerals for vets in '12
Posted at: 01/04/2013 11:01 AM
By: Associated Press
LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) - The final tally is in for the number of funerals for veterans the New York Army National Guard's Honor Guard participated in last year.
On Christmas Day, Honor Guard coordinator Don Roy estimated that the National Guard's Honor Court would participate in 10,200 funerals by the end of 2012. On Thursday, the National Guard announced that the final figure was 10,175.
In 2011, the Honor Guard participated in 10,752 funerals, while in 2010 the Honor Guard performed 10,415 military funerals.
Honor Guard members play taps, fold a flag and present it to the next of kin for veterans.
Since the program started in 1999, the New York Military Forces Honor Guard has provided services at more than 100,000 military funerals.
Any veteran with an honorable discharge is entitled to military honors at their funeral.
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