My dad was proud of military service in WW2.
Before he passed away he asked me to get an honor guard for his funeral which I did when he died in 2006.
The men that showed up to fire the salute and hand me the flag were professional and courteous. The squad leader gave me his condolences and the shell casings so that I could place them in the flag display case with the flag. Dad would have been proud of the Army Guardsmen who honored his service with a ceremony. I was proud of them.
This is why I was shocked and angered by the idiot Wisconsin National Guard troops who thought it funny to pose around a flag-draped (empty) coffin and make weird faces and strike goofy poses. One guardsman posted the picture on Instagram and made the comment “we put the fun in funeral.” You can read about it here.
It does make any difference that the coffin was empty. Their actions were disgraceful and disrespectful to veterans, living and dead. To say these adults should have known better is to understate their immaturity. Anyone who has lost someone on active duty or anyone who has ever had an honor guard would be particularly upset about their infantile behavior.
I hope their comrades in the Wisconsin National Guard give this immature group the spanking they deserve.