It is an important function of military funerals to have an appropriate honor guard.
The members of the guard fold and present the flag to the family, fire a volley, play taps and do other things to give the deceased veteran the proper ceremony.
This service is often provided by volunteers, including the honor guard from the American Legion Mary Ellen Piotrowski Post 94 in Sun City West.
These people volunteer to serve during four months every year. In those months they serve every Monday and every other Thursday at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.
Pictured above, from left, Jack Coyle, commander; Steve Kovach; Doug Miller; Sid Metzger; Ray Van Roy; Charlie Fridinger; Ron Ripley; Leon Fllynn; Jim Heler; and Joe Williams, bugler.