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Precision ceremonies help nation pay its respects to military veterans

Memorial Day is a time to commemorate and honor the U.S. men and women who died during their military service. Thousands of Minnesotans will be visiting Fort Snelling National Cemetery this weekend to pay their respects to the more than 181,000 members of the armed services and their family members buried there.

All those who served on active duty are eligible to receive a military funeral, which includes the playing of Taps and the folding and presentation of the U.S. burial flag.

Below, a funeral honors team from the Minnesota National Guard is shown practicing the firing party sequence used during veterans’ funerals at the cemetery.

Here, a military funeral honors team practices the six-man casket sequence for veterans’ funerals. The formal ceremony also includes the folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin.

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