I watched the video news that RMW sent about the Patriot Guards and was singularly impressed with the respect they showed to the family for their son's efforts in the war.
I then did a funeral for a man who served in Vietnam. At the church door were four young marines in uniform. How moving to see these four men salute as his coffin was carried into the church. How very thankful were the faces of his wife and two boys.
Then as his coffin was carried out of the church after mass, I got chills as they saluted him on his journey to his final resting place.
The contrast was informative:
Older, blue jeans, gray whiskers, pot bellies, motorcycles, helmets and lest we omit--the biker image. And yet, understanding tears.
Then, younger, trimmed, in perfect ironed uniform and spit shined shoes, and the jesture of a salute.
I wonder: Was one salute more respective than the other to their family and friends?
Is there a Patriot Guard in New Jersey?