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Full Honors Funeral of Former Secretary of the Army Togo D. West Jr. in Section 34

The U.S. Army Honor Guard, The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon, and The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, conduct the funeral of former Secretary of the Army Togo D. West, Jr. in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, April 26, 2018.

Full Honors Funeral for U.S. Army Col. Aleksander Einseln in Section 34

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoom support the full honors funeral of U.S. Army Col. and Estonian Gen. Aleksander Einseln in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, April 2, 2018.

Born in Estonia, Einseln immigrated to the United States in 1949 and enrolled in the U.S. Army in 1950 at the outbreak of the Korean War. He served with Special Forces in the Vietnam War and retiring as a Colonel in 1985. In 1993, Einseln returned to Estonia at the request of Estonian President Lennart Meri to serve as the first commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, holding this post until his resignation in 1995.

Einseln died on March 16, 2017. His widow, Kitti Einseln, received the American flag from his casket during the full honors service.
(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)


U.S. Army Honor Guard Firing Party

U.S. Army Honor Guard Firing Party

The 3-volley salute is a ceremonial act performed at military funerals as part of the drill and ceremony of the Honor Guard. It consists of a rifle party firing blank cartridges into the air three times. The custom originates from the European dynastic wars, where the fighting ceased so the dead and wounded could be removed. Then, three shots were fired into the air to signal that the battle could resume. In this photograph the U.S. Army Honor Guard firing party marches in front of the Pentagon on their way to a burial ceremony.

Photograph by Stephen Smith