The Last Last Post
‘For hours the young cadets waited, standing at attention by the freshly dug grave – a striking tableau in their crisp green tunics and brown breeches, rifles by their sides.
Opposite, a phalanx of press photographers from around the world jostled for position, training cameras on the 27 soldiers as reporters asked, “Who are those guys?”
The answer astounded them.’
CBS & the Associated Press bring us an insightful and heartfelt look at the men who rendered the final honours to dead US President John F Kennedy, at his funeral in Arlington.
TG4 (the Irish Language Broadcaster) has also made a documentary on the subject. It can be viewed in six parts by following this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eepw4Obeyc
These soldiers weren’t American, they were in fact Irish Army Cadet, with whom John and Jackie Kennedy had been much impressed. The First Lady requested that the Irish Army undertake this sensitive role for her husband.
A good article, well worth the read.