Navy SEAL Mike Monsoor was awarded The Congressional Medal Of Honor recently for giving his life in Iraq as he jumped on and covered with his body a live hand grenade saving the lives of a large group of Navy SEALS that were passing by.
During Monsoor's funeral, at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA., the six pallbearers removed the rosewood casket from the hearse. They lined up on each side of Monsoor's casket with his family members, friends, fellow SEALS and well-wishers following behind.
The column of mourners walked from the hearse all the way to the grave site.
What the group didn't know at the time was many of the Navy SEALS (45 to be exact) were among those Mike Monsoor saved that day. They were scattered throughout the huge column of mourners.
As the pallbearers carried the rosewood casket down the column of people to the grave site, they would collapse backwards, which formed a group of people that followed in the wake of the casket.
Every time the rosewood casket passed a Navy SEAL, he would remove his Gold Trident Pin from his uniform and slap it down hard on the casket, causing the pin to become embedded. Then the Navy SEAL would step back from the column and salute.
Now, for those who don't know what a Trident pin is, here is the definition:
After one completes the Basic Navy SEALS Program which lasts for three weeks. It is followed by 15 weeks of SEAL Qualification Training necessary to continue improving basic skills and learn tactics and techniques required for an assignment to a Navy SEAL platoon.
After successful completion, trainees are given their Naval Enlisted Code and awarded the Navy Seal Trident Pin. With this gold pin they are officially Navy SEALS.
Witnesses said you could hear each of the 45 pins slapping onto the casket from across the cemetery.
By the time the rosewood casket reached the grave site, it looked as though it had a
gold inlay from the 45 Trident pins that lined the top. It was a fitting end for an eternal sendoff of a warrior hero.
This should have been front page news instead of the garbage we are subjected to in the media every day. Since the “mainstream media” won't make this news, then we as
Americans should make it for them.
“The American people are proud of all the branches of our military and thank
them for our freedom.”
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