CAISSON HORSES ~ Military Funeral

An informative article for this patriotic weekend.
I’ve had the honor of attending numerous funeral at ANC. It is humbling and awe inspiring.

Bee Organized with Pamela

Today I spent a little time learning about the Cassion horses which are housed at Fort Myer Caisson Barn.  They perform a somber and revered part of military funerals at Arlington National Cemetary.  If you have never been it is more than 600 acres of hallowed ground.  The Caisson horses are cared for by the U.S. Army’s 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

I stumbled upon some photos taken by LIFE MAGAZINE while they visited the Old Guard stables.

CAISSON HORSES

A Caisson horse is one of the 6 horses that is hooked to the caisson which is the cart that holds the casket of a fallen and ranked soldier.  You’ve probably seen the image of a Caisson.

CAISSON

What is a caisson or how did the name come into play?  Here is an explanation:

“The caissons were built in 1918, and used for 75mm cannons. They were originally equipped with ammunition…

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One Response to CAISSON HORSES ~ Military Funeral

  1. Thank you so much for the re-blog. Have a wonderful and wonder-filled day!

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