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Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard members perform a six-person flag fold during a military funeral honors demonstration Nov. 17, 2015, at Patrick AFB, Florida. The Patrick AFB Honor Guard is an organization that is congressionally mandated to provide military funeral honors for deceased Air Force, Army Air Force and Army Air Corps veterans, retirees and active duty personnel within the eastern half of Florida—from Volusia County to Miami-Dade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard members perform a six-person flag fold during a military funeral honors demonstration Nov. 17, 2015, at Patrick AFB, Florida. The Patrick AFB Honor Guard is an organization that is congressionally mandated to provide military funeral honors for deceased Air Force, Army Air Force and Army Air Corps veterans, retirees and active duty personnel within the eastern half of Florida—from Volusia County to Miami-Dade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard members complete a six-person flag fold during a military funeral honors demonstration Nov. 17, 2015, at Patrick AFB, Florida. The Patrick AFB Honor Guard is an organization that is congressionally mandated to provide military funeral honors for deceased Air Force, Army Air Force and Army Air Corps veterans, retirees and active duty personnel within the eastern half of Florida—from Volusia County to Miami-Dade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard members complete a six-person flag fold during a military funeral honors demonstration Nov. 17, 2015, at Patrick AFB, Florida. The Patrick AFB Honor Guard is an organization that is congressionally mandated to provide military funeral honors for deceased Air Force, Army Air Force and Army Air Corps veterans, retirees and active duty personnel within the eastern half of Florida—from Volusia County to Miami-Dade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

First Lt. Brandon Hubbard, honor guard member from the 45th Launch Support Squadron, presents a folded flag to Natasha Floyd, a staged widow, during an honor guard demonstration of full military funeral honors Nov. 17, 2015 at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. During the demonstration, the honor guard conducted a military funeral honors ceremony, which included a 20-person team that performed pallbearing, a six-person flag fold, a color guard, a firing party, the playing of Taps, and a flag presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

First Lt. Brandon Hubbard, honor guard member from the 45th Launch Support Squadron, presents a folded flag to Natasha Floyd, a staged widow, during an honor guard demonstration of full military funeral honors Nov. 17, 2015 at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. During the demonstration, the honor guard conducted a military funeral honors ceremony, which included a 20-person team that performed pallbearing, a six-person flag fold, a color guard, a firing party, the playing of Taps, and a flag presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Senior Airman Robert Scott, Air Force Technical Applications Center, stands ready to play Taps for the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard demonstration Nov. 17, 2015, at the Memorial Plaza at Patrick AFB, Florida. Taps was composed by Gen. Daniel Butterfield and, when played during a funeral, represents the extinguishing of a life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Senior Airman Robert Scott, Air Force Technical Applications Center, stands ready to play Taps for the Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard demonstration Nov. 17, 2015, at the Memorial Plaza at Patrick AFB, Florida. Taps was composed by Gen. Daniel Butterfield and, when played during a funeral, represents the extinguishing of a life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard members carry the colors during a military funeral honors demonstration Nov. 17, 2015, at the Memorial Plaza on Patrick AFB, Florida. The honor guard consists of members of the 45th Space Wing, Air Force Technical Applications Center, the 920th Rescue Wing, and the 114th Space Control Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard members carry the colors during a military funeral honors demonstration Nov. 17, 2015, at the Memorial Plaza on Patrick AFB, Florida. The honor guard consists of members of the 45th Space Wing, Air Force Technical Applications Center, the 920th Rescue Wing, and the 114th Space Control Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard members fire three volleys during a demonstration for the base Nov. 17, 2015, at Memorial Plaza at Patrick AFB, Florida. During the demonstration, the honor guard conducted a full military funeral honors ceremony, which included a 20-person team that performed pallbearing, a six-person flag fold, a color guard, a firing party, the playing of Taps, and a flag presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens)

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard members fire three volleys during a demonstration for the base Nov. 17, 2015, at Memorial Plaza at Patrick AFB, Florida. During the demonstration, the honor guard conducted a full military funeral honors ceremony, which included a 20-person team that performed pallbearing, a six-person flag fold, a color guard, a firing party, the playing of Taps, and a flag presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens)

Second Lt. Carla Stapleton, Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard member and range control officer for the 1st Range Operations Squadron, narrates during a military funeral honors demonstration held Nov. 17, 2015, at Patrick AFB, Florida. “Being able to serve on this team is a great honor. We represent five services to the public, and provide closure as well as an image of steadiness and strength to a grieving family. Performing military funeral honors requires numerous hours of practice. We can spend many hours practicing for a ceremony that will last five to 15 minutes,” said Stapleton. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

Second Lt. Carla Stapleton, Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard member and range control officer for the 1st Range Operations Squadron, narrates during a military funeral honors demonstration held Nov. 17, 2015, at Patrick AFB, Florida. “Being able to serve on this team is a great honor. We represent five services to the public, and provide closure as well as an image of steadiness and strength to a grieving family. Performing military funeral honors requires numerous hours of practice. We can spend many hours practicing for a ceremony that will last five to 15 minutes,” said Stapleton. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard displayed the art and skill of providing funeral honors during a demonstration Nov. 17 at Memorial Plaza at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.

During the demonstration, the honor guard conducted a military funeral honors ceremony, which included a 20-person team that performed pallbearing, a six-person flag fold, a color guard, a firing party, the playing of Taps, and a flag presentation. Second Lt. Carla Stapleton, Patrick AFB Honor Guard member and range control officer for the 1st Range Operations Squadron, narrated through the different traditions in the ceremony.

"Being able to serve on this team is a great honor. We represent five services to the public, and provide closure as well as an image of steadiness and strength to a grieving family. Performing military funeral honors requires numerous hours of practice. We can spend many hours practicing for a ceremony that will last five to 15 minutes," said Stapleton.

The Patrick AFB Honor Guard is an organization, which is congressionally mandated to provide military funeral honors for deceased Air Force, Army Air Force and Army Air Corps veterans, retirees and active duty personnel within the eastern half of Florida--from Volusia County to Miami-Dade.

Patrick AFB Honor Guard consists of 45 active duty, Air Force Guard and Air Force Reserve members and is a combination of 45th Space Wing, Air Force Technical Applications Center, the 920th Rescue Wing, and the 114th Space Control Squadron of the Air National Guard.