If you have read Funeral Director Daily for any length of time you will know – that while I did not have the privilege to serve in the United States Armed Forces – I truly admire and have always enjoyed serving those that did. I still get goosebumps, even after thirty-five years of being a funeral director when at the conclusion of a grave side service, Taps is played and a uniformed personnel steps up to the mourning family and begins, “On behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation. . . ”
So, I’m always taken when I read or hear of somebody doing extraordinary service for our veterans. In a recent article from the Ramona, California Journal that you can read here I learned of Suzanne Porter and her dedication to honoring our veterans at the Miramar National Cemetery each Monday.
It turns out that Ms. Porter owns a horse drawn funeral carriage and two massive white Percheron horses which she uses to volunteer each Monday of the calendar year to carry the caskets or urns of our deceased veterans from cortege assembly area to the gravesite or committal shelter at the Miramar National Cemetery. In order to do so, she needs to get up at 4 a.m. to care for the horses and get on her way to the cemetery.
On any given Monday, Mr. Porter will provide transportation for 8 to 12 veterans at absolutely no cost. In 2017, she provided a grand total of 459 services at the cemetery. These Monday services are free to all veteran’s regardless of rank or service time. Ms. Porter’s organization, Final Honor, relys totally on donations to fund this service.
Ms. Porter proudly stated, “We are the only privately owned horse-drawn funeral carriage company working on any Veterans Administration cemetery in the U.S. You can visit their web-site to learn more or give a donation at www.finalhonor.net
Funeral Director Daily take: The generosity of every day Americans never ceases to amaze me. Take a look at the web-site to see the dignity that Final Honor is offering.