The Rituals and Obligations that Honor our Military

On Wednesday, many of us attended the funeral of Dick Hochman z”l, father of longtime Ramat Shalom congregant, Jeff Hochman. The funeral began with military honors – a fitting tribute to Dick’s service and dedication to the United States Army. Members of the Honor Guard saluted Dick’s casket as taps was played. A Flag Folding Ceremony, followed. During this ceremony, the US Flag that drapes the coffin is meticulously folded by members of the Honor Guard into a triangle, taking on the appearance of the cocked hat worn by the soldiers who served under George Washington. Only the stars of the flag are visible upon completion of the ceremony, a reminder of our national motto, “In God We Trust.” Laura, Jeff’s mom, proudly accepted the flag in honor of Dick’s service to our country and held it close throughout the rest of the funeral. I’ve watched the rendering of military…