[August 4, 2017] The evening was pleasant, not just with the weather, but to see so many of those who help make our community better at our local National Night Out here in southern New Jersey. One prominent group participating was Last Salute – those who provide a last salute to our fallen brothers (and sisters too).
I expected the weather to be too hot for my family to enjoy the National Night Out (held by a non-profit organization that is “dedicated to enhancing the communities in which we live…”)1 We enjoyed our time there and met members of the local police force, firemen, ambulance crews, some council members, Veterans Administration folks, and many more.
LastSalute.US (as they are formally known) is a group of volunteer veterans committed to providing honorable military-type funeral services to military personnel and veterans. They provide services such as a gun salute, taps, transportation of flag-covered casket, gun carriage and caisson, flag folding and presentation, etc.; all the formalities that one would expect to find in a formal military burial.
My wife and I had the privilege to meet several of their members who were happy to talk to anyone who stopped by to ask questions. The National Night Out had many vendors present but the Last Salute location on the community commons was both larger and better staffed. Much of their equipment was on site and the many kids were crawling all over it, all with a big smile on their faces.
The reason I’m writing this today is to bring attention to Last Salute. Their informative website can be located here (see link) and their Facebook page (see link). Unquestionably, it takes determined leadership to make all this work. But for those involved it’s all about dedication to a good cause and the personal motivation to carry out those duties.
Special thanks to all the members of the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team and VFW Post 9462 Honor Guard for making this happen for LastSalute.US.
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