The Caisson platoon of the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" have the honor of carrying a comrade for his last ride to Arlington National Cemetery where he will rest in peace with other honored dead. Six horses, matched gray or black, pull the caisson through the quiet lanes of Arlington National Cemetery.
A full-honor funeral, allowed for a solider or Marine in the rank of colonel or higher, includes the caparisoned horse. The horse is led behind the caisson wearing an empty saddle with rider's boots reversed in the stirrups, indicating the warrior will never ride again.
On a visit to Arlington, Virginia, you can tour the stables, pet the horses and see up close how The Old Guard soldiers and horses train and prepare constantly for this solemn duty.
Posted by StayArlington on May 16, 2017 | Permalink