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.
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)
Spc. Colin Martin, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard), gives a kiss to Hank, an 11 years old Caisson Platoon horse, before conducting funeral training at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 6, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
Members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard participate in the military full honors funeral for retired Col. Freeman B. Olmstead in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., July 27th, 2017. Olmstead became the subject of national attention in July of 1960 when his RB-47 aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighter jets and he became a prisoner of war for 208 days. He was greeted by President John F. Kennedy upon his return to the U.S. in January of 1961. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser/Arlington National Cemetery/released)
Casket bearers from Marine Barracks Washington take part in the graveside service for Marine Corps Reserve 1st Lt. William Ryan, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 10, 2017.
Declared deceased as of May 11, 1969, Ryan's remains from the Vietnam War were missing until identified by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2016 from an excavated crash site near Ban Alang Noi, Laos. Ryan's remains were repatriated in Section 60. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser/Arlington National Cemetery/Released)
Passing through the McClellan Gate on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery is the Caisson Platoon of the Third Infantry Regiment. They are conducting one of the most solemn activities in the United States – carrying the remains of a U.S. serviceman to his or her final resting place.
Photograph by Stephen Smith