The Old Guard Funeral Caissons

The 3rd U.S. Infantry, or “Old Guard,” founded in 1784 is the oldest active unit of infantry in the Army. Stationed in… read more

The 3rd U.S. Infantry, or “Old Guard,” founded in 1784 is the oldest active unit of infantry in the Army. Stationed in Fort Myer, Virginia, near Arlington Cemetery, the unit conducts about 8 full honors military funerals each day, and has participated in presidential and state funerals since 1948. Kirk Heflin, curator of the Old Guard Museum, talked about the history of the unit and the use of artillery caissons for funerals. Historic photographs and video clips were shown, focusing on President Kennedy’s funeral. Members of the Caisson Platoon demonstrated their duties. close

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299614-1
Category:
Vignette
Format:
Interview
Location:
Arlington, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
May 28, 2011
Last Aired:
Dec 31, 2011

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  • May 28, 2011 | 8:55am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 29, 2011 | 8:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 29, 2011 | 3:56pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 29, 2011 | 7:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 29, 2011 | 10:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 04, 2011 | 3:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 05, 2011 | 2:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 30, 2011 | 11:30pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 31, 2011 | 3:30am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 31, 2011 | 7:30am EST | C-SPAN 3
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