The practice of firing three rifle volleys over the grave, originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the field of battle. Once completed, each army would again fire three more volleys to indicate the dead had been properly cared for and they were ready to fight again. The spent shell casing is to show forevermore that the deceased was properly laid to rest with this honor. Taps, considered to be the most beautiful of calls, provides a fitting close to the heroes' day and to his or her final departure from the ranks.
A life long friend of over fifty years passed away and his daughter presented me with the pictured shell casing. I was so honored, I could not bring myself to just toss it in a drawer, so I designed this display as a tribute to his friendship, service to a country and a lifetime of memories.
For every fallen hero provided this honor, most casings are just stored away or lost in time. I truly feel that this dishonors who they were and what they represented. All displays are 100% handcrafted in my home by me of red oak. I'm a 20 yr retired combat vet, life member of VFW Post 1058 Zanesville Ohio and past commander of American Legion Post 246,
Duncan Falls/Philo, Ohio.