Day 212—Honoring Col. Frederick Hjort Nelsen, USAF Ret., 1917-2012

The flag at Golden Gate National Cemetery flew at half staff today in honor of Col. Frederick Hjort Nelsen, United States Air Force Retired, as a USAF Honor Guard stood motionless for almost an hour before funeral services began. Col. Nelsen, my friend Chris Nelsen’s Dad, was buried with Military Honors in a moving ceremony in which the Honor Guard, serving as pall bearers, precisely folded the flag draped on the coffin; fired a three volley salute; and presented the flag and the spent cartridges to Chris as one of the members of the Honor Guard played taps.