Watching President Reagan's ceremonies...




 
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June 10th, 2004  
Pogue
 

Topic: Watching President Reagan's ceremonies...


man...was anyone else impressed by the Honor Gaurd? Standing at attention for God knows how long..carrying that casket in that manner, when it weighs 700 lbs...I was definitely impressed..I start to get antsy after standing at attention for 15 minutes!
June 10th, 2004  
Sooners1
 
 
I am always amazed by the discipline that the Honor Guard. It takes a lot to be able to do what they do.
June 10th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
It takes practice, practice, practice. I have stood guard at military funerals and I gave also been sergeant of the guard at these funerals. These men doing the honor guard at the President's funeral are certainly impressive. I have a friend who was part of that unit (Old Guard Caisson Platoon). He had the responsibility of doing as many as 7 funerals a day at Arlington National Cemetery. When they weren't doing funerals, the unit was drilling (D & C)to do them.
Take a look at their web site
http://www.mdw.army.mil/fs-g06.htm
or
http://www.mdw.army.mil/index.html
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June 10th, 2004  
Pogue
 
man...it really does take dedication....I hate D&C..yea it's necessary, but I'd much rather be out in the field at an FTX practicing ambushes and movemtn to contact...haha
June 10th, 2004  
IrishWizard
 
What I thought was the craziest was the men stationed on the stairs of the Captiol building every other step. The news announcer said when Reagen was inaugurated he stood facing the west for some specific reason. When they halted the cart at the bottom of the stairs a sergeant gave an order and in unison, they all turned to the west. I was in aw-- But the precision of those men, especially the marching with the casket and standing still for so long... the funeral made me speechless.
June 11th, 2004  
AFSteliga
 
 
I was highly impressed by the level of discipline that the Honor Guard showed. I'm hardcore for Drill, but even I can't stand at attention for that long.
June 11th, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
I saw a documentary film about them last year. They also have to work out and get built.
I remember they get trained doing that at the craziest temperatures, like in an underground parking lot, in winter - 15 celsius and wearing shorts only, or viceversa in the summer with high temp and them dressed as eskimos. Amazing.
But what a privilege to carry Reagan's coffin on his funeral.
June 11th, 2004  
Rotty261
 
 
Any Honor Guard unit should be capable of doing that, but I don't think many of them get the time to drill like the Old Guard does. I know on most Air Force bases the majority of the Honor Guard has a full time job to do and does the Honor Guard as an extra duty. Anyhow them boys was extremly impressive, even when the casket was still in CA and it had one member from each branch standing on it, they were like statues standign up there.

I was very impressed with all of them......
June 11th, 2004  
Desert Blossom
 
I would love to be doing that!!
Why is it that I've never seen any females doing that?
June 12th, 2004  
Rotty261
 
 
There was a female Navy guard at President Reagans casket on guard when he was still in California....They do it, I think that more men are interested than woman though...