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1000 veterans of WWII will die today. We don't like to dwell on the pain of war, and veterans of every era become accustomed to a society's forgetfulness and indifference. There are some, getting up in years themselves, making sure their comrades in arms do not "just fade away".
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Volunteer Vets Story:

DECADES AFTER ANSWERING THE CALL...

"Gotta have the white gloves on."

ONCE AGAIN THEY TAKE UP ARMS.

"There's three of you here...”

FOR THE ALL VETERANS HONOR GUARD, THIS HAS BEEN A BUSY YEAR.

"Honor Guard, ten hut!"

"We're up to 219. Every year our total increases dramatically."

SOME DAYS...

Chaplain at funeral: "There is a common bond between every veteran..."

"Ready, aim, fire!"

THERE ARE MULTIPLE FUNERALS.

"It's an honor for me to present you with this American flag.”

BUT WHEN EVERY CEREMONY IS SACRED, AND EVERY HONOR RICHLY EARNED,THESE OLD SOLDIERS REFUSE TO JUST FADE AWAY...

Paul Ritchlin / Korean War Veteran: "We have guys that have a little difficulty with the physical aspect of it - but somehow they still manage to salute.”

Mike Andress / World War II Veteran: "I don't know just exactly how to describe it, but you feel as though you're doing your duty."

"I don't think anyone who's ever heard “Taps” can ever hear it played without getting a little misty eyed."

EVERYONE IN THIS HONOR GUARD KNOWS THAT SOMEDAY "TAPS" WILL PLAY FOR THEM. BUT UNTIL THEN, PEOPLE TO WHOM SO MUCH IS OWED BELIEVE THEY HAVE THEIR OWN DEBTS TO PAY, TO THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE.

"I owe something to all those guys. It means a lot."

"It's the least, most honorable, prestigious thing we can do for a fellow veteran.”