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American Artifacts: Presidential Funeral Caissons

Washington, DC
Sunday, May 29, 2011

The 3rd U.S. Infantry, or Old Guard, was founded in 1784 and is the oldest active infantry unit in the Army. Stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia near Arlington Cemetery, the unit conducts about 8 military funerals each day, and has participated in presidential and state funerals since 1948. American History TV visited Fort Myer to observe funeral preparations and to learn more about the 3rd Infantry’s history and its role in military burials.

Updated: Monday, May 30, 2011 at 1:21pm (ET)

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