My grandpa died in early January. He was a Korean War combat vet, so we had an Air Force honor guard at the graveside, and they really did a wonderful job.
It was a beautiful service, and the whole family is really grateful to the Air Force for providing that service. I've been wondering a few things about it ever since, though.
1. They had three riflemen, and they each fired three shots. Why nine shots? Why not twenty-one?
2. Their rifles looked like Garands but I'm not sure. They looked like they had blank shredders on the muzzles. Is this a standard use for the Garand rifle? I had a hard time finding info on the use of blanks in Garands when I googled.
3. As they fired, they moved their hands in a peculiar way. It seemed like they would pull the trigger and jerk their hands away from the rifle, and hold it up in the air for a while. I don't understand why they'd do that.
4. Do these guys have the honor guard gig full time? Is it a privileged position? Or a grunt job?
Please don't worry about condolences; my grandfather was a great guy who lived a great life, and I'm celebrating that, not mourning it. And thanks!
(The Military Funeral Honors
web page didn't answer any of these questions.)