Whether it was during “Snowmageddon” three years ago, or in the middle of Winter Storm Janus three days ago, the U.S. Navy Band and Honor Guard have made sure that one of their own was laid to rest with the proper respect and recognition owed to an officer who has served his country well.
On Tuesday, the Twitter account belonging to the US Navy tweeted out a photo from the Arlington National Cemetery of the U.S. Navy Band and Honor Guard marching through harsh winds and freezing snow to lay to rest 88-year-old Master Chief Petty Officer David Mitchell Childress:
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) January 21, 2014
In an interview with the Weather Channel, the photographer Chief Musician Christian Johanson made it clear that this was not the first, or the last time weather like this would be braved to honor a fellow officer. “When we had ‘Snowmageddon’ three or four years ago, we had 2 or 3 feet of snow. And funerals still happened at Arlington.”
According to the Weather.com report, the U.S. Navy Band attends hundreds of these types of ceremonies each year, and in doing so, weathers the heat, the cold, the rain, the sleet, the snow, the hail and the wind in order to honor their fellow fallen officers.
h/t: Weather Channel