|“People like myself could go on and on, but that would take a book.” Vernon H. Sparks, Coxswain, USS West Virginia,. December 7, 1941
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Main article: Military funerals in the United States
In the United States, the United States Army Military District of Washington (MDW) is responsible for providing military funerals. “Honoring Those Who Served” is the title of the program for instituting a dignified military funeral with full honors to the nation’s veterans.
As of January 1, 2000, Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 of the National Defense Authorization Act mandates that theUnited States Armed Forces shall provide the rendering of honors in a military funeral for any eligible veteran if requested by his or her family. As mandated by federal law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of no less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent armed service of the deceased veteran. The honor guard detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the flag of the United States to the next of kin and the playing of Taps which will be played by a lone bugler, if available, or by audio recording. Today, there are so few buglers available that the United States Armed Forces often cannot provide one. However, federal law allows Reserve and National Guard units to assist with funeral honors duty when necessary.
And he wasn’t even born yet.
Author Steve Sparks’ daughter, Bianca Cavello, was the inspiration for his newly published book, “Reconciliation: A Son’s Story,” after she started asking long-held questions about her dad’s childhood and family, including his mother and father.