The city's group which performs ceremonies for deceased war veterans is seeking to return to an earlier tradition that saw the federal government supplying the blank rifle rounds fired at burial honors, according to the Meriden Record-Journal.
Information and Funeral Coordinator Jack O’Neill said the group purchased its own rifles a long time ago but would like to obtain its ammunition rounds from the government, according to the Record-Journal.
The Antique Veterans of Meriden World Post #1 was formed in 1996 and meets weekly each Thursday morning at 9:30 in the Max. E. Muravnick Meriden Senior Center, 22 West Main St.
With 230 members, the local “antiques” have been performing the solemn duty and privilege of honoring deceased veterans by providing a fitting burial ceremony of which every vet would be proud, according to its website.
The honor squad on detail includes a rifle squad, two buglers, flag folders with flag presentation to the family, a color guard, and musical selections appropriate for each service branch.