What’s Wrong with this Picture

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Here is a fairly standard “wrong”

I use the quotes around the wrong because caskets travel feet first, but many do not understand the tradition and since it is a tradition, one should not get bent out of shape, just educate.

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Honor Guard Manual regarding this subject:

  • The canton (blue field) of the flag rests over the left shoulder of the deceased.
  • All caskets are carried/travel feet first unless the pall bearers need to maneuver around an obstacle (tree, headstone, etc.).
    • The only exception to this is a chaplain; chaplains are carried head first into and out of a chapel and the casket rests with the head away from the congregation (as if he is addressing the people). All other times, the chaplain is carried feet first.

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