I sat in front of a beautiful wooden casket draped in the American Flag as the three volley salute was performed by our local American Legion members. Many of whom were neighbors, lifelong friends, and fellow farmers who had served their country so long ago, but took pride in honoring those who had also served. The sound of taps seemed to travel over our small quiet community.
Two Airmen sent from Hill Air Force Base saluted one final time before perfectly folding the flag 13 times. As they presented the flag the profoundness of the words resonated with all of us: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service.”
May this Veteran’s Day we remember those who have sacrificed and served; past, present, and future. May we also think of the loved ones on the receiving end of that perfectly folded American Flag.
I hope we remember this Veterans Day that regardless of your political views, or whether the candidate you voted for won the election or not, we are blessed to live in a free country. Our freedoms are a privilege, not a God given right, and those freedoms are thanks to the men and women who have sacrificed and served our country, many giving the ultimate sacrifice.
In loving memory of Brent Howard
Photography: Blake Harrison, Insta: @blake_w_harrison