Short Story Of The Honor Guard

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The rifle squad came to attention as they carried the casket across the short expanse of tarmac and placed it in the back of the hearse and then stepped back, rendered a salute until the rear doors shut and it pulled away. Afterwards, the honor guard relaxed and came forward to greet the men, inviting them for a drink tomorrow evening at the VFW hall. As soldiers, they didn’t care Jackson, and his men were fugitives, they were war veterans who just lost a friend, and that was all that mattered to them. After the honor guard departed, Mikey’s family, Mangus, and Frank walked up to the physically and emotionally drained men, which was easy to see with their shoulders slumped over, including Jackson as he stood leaning against the aircraft stairs
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