Hello soldiers and other interested parties. I snapped this photo last year at my father's funeral. He had been a WW2 soldier and arrangements were made for the Tyler VFW to provide a volunteer honor guard. He was buried in an old family cemetery with his first wife and several generations of her kin. The little covered chapel was built 50 years ago of steel and tin, to replace the brush arbor which had been periodically rebuilt for 100 years before. In this photo, the support poles divide the scene into three sections. I realized after I took it that it was a profound visual commentary on a soldier's life.
On the left, a youth gazes into the future. In the center, the veterans of the VFW honor guard fire the volley of salute for the departed, in recognition of his service, his sacrifice, and his part in the ancient procession of service to country. On the right, the grave is prepared to receive the remains of the common end of us all.