A folded national ensign is held carefully prior to the burial of Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec, former commander of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Zembiec was killed in action May 10. He once told reporters during combat in Fallujah his Marines "fought like lions." Zembiec was laid to rest by the Marine with whom he served May 15. Article by Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva found<a href="http://www.marines.mil/units/mciwest/basecamppe... of Fallujah is laid to rest.aspx"> HERE</a>.

“Never forget those who were killed. Never let rest those who killed them.” — Douglas A. Zembiec, read from his diary at his funeral on May 16, 2007, written while serving as Commanding Officer of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during the First Battle of Fallujah.

Traditionally, the flag of the United States plays a role in military funerals, and occasionally in those over other civil servants (such as the President). A burial flag is draped over the deceased’s casket as a pall during services. Just prior to the casket being lowered into the ground, the flag is ceremonially folded and presented to the deceased’s next of kin as a token of respect.


  • Emilie Baltimore
    Emilie Baltimoreover 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this. Lovely capture of a reminder of how thankful we should be for our servicemen and servicewomen. How appropriate near Memorial Day!

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 5 years ago

    I like the close-in perspective, where the negative space balances the decor and color on the right.

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonover 5 years ago

    Beverly, a wonderful shot of such a poignant moment. I read every single word of the accompanying text.

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful. Thank you for posting it.

  • jeffrae
    jeffraeover 5 years ago

    Powerful image

  • Sara Wood
    Sara Woodabout 5 years ago

    Beautifull! Your image is being used as the new Challenge Image Honoring our Fallen in Military Related Art

  • md19
    md19about 5 years ago

    Beautifully done!!! I served in the Navy for 24 years and as part of my service, I volunteered to be a part of, or in charge of, my command’s Honor/Color Guard. I always felt that folding and presenting the flag to the next of kin was the least I could do to honor those who had served before me.

    “This flag is presented to you on behalf of a greatful nation as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service your (father/mother/husband/wife/son/daughter) gave to their country.”

  • Thank you for sharing the words said to the family, I always wondered what exchange took place in that touching moment when the flag was handed over.

    – Beverly Lussier

  • Cory Smith
    Cory Smithabout 5 years ago

    This is an absolute masterpiece. Thank you for capturing something as important this for all of us to see. Instant Favorite!

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your RB Homepage feature!!!! May 30, 2010

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your homepage feature!! Great work!

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