>Luke. It's good to see the respect that has been shown to >this particular veteran. I get the impression that you tend to >do this very well on your side of the pond.
We are fortunate to have a Navy base in our rural community. The sailors volunter for honor guard duty and do a wonderful job. In larger communities the units that provide honor guards tend to be overwhelmed by the number of requests by veteran families and less able to respond.
You are lucky to have a base nearby and Honor Guard availability. They have closed all the bases near me. The closest is about 1 and 1/2 hours away Travis(AF) and the next closest is the Navy in Monterrey CA. I have no idea if there will be any services available for me when my time comes. I only had one relative who served in WWII, as most of the others were either too young or too old. All my relatives from that time are long gone including my Mom and Dad. I was very lucky to start my AF career when there were still WWII vets serving, so I worked with a Bataan Death March Survivor and some Stalag detainees. It was a different world in those days.
I don't seek to photograph funerals, but sometimes get requested. This is the second military funeral I've shot recently. The presentation of the flag to the wife or mother is always very moving and makes a for dramatic photo irrespective of who captures it.