You all know I’m pretty obsessive about traveling with only a carry on bag. But there are exceptions…
This weekend, along with other family members, I attended my step-father’s memorial service. He was a veteran, and the American Legion turned out to provide military honors, which included a flag detail, the playing of Taps and 3 rifle volleys. After the service, the funeral home director provided a nice bag for the flag I would be taking home, and added nonchalantly, “I put the spent brass in there, too.”
My thought processes percolated on this for a while, and came up with, “I bet I can’t carry spent ammunition on a plane.”
Sometimes you have to check a bag.
Thank you for checking that bag!
oops – forgot to include my name on that comment – your sister
You’re welcome, sister!
Interesting bit of trivia: the 3 rifle volleys are not a “21-gun salute”. From About.com’s US Military Frequently Asked Questions:
Some things are worth the compromise. I’ve never attended a military funeral before but it sounds like an honourable service.
Again, my condolences on your loss.
Thank you, Kimberly. It was a very nice and moving service. It was clear that my step-father was well known and appreciated in his town.