U.S. Navy sailors serve and protect from around the globe, and every sailor got their start somewhere. Chief Logistics Specialist Shache Cox, from Beacon, N.Y. recently rendered Honors on Saturday, January 20th, for a burial-at-sea.

Beacon, NY Native Renders Honors During a Burial-at-Sea Ceremony Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

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According to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS),

240120-N-LM220-1186 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 20, 2024) Senior Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician Jessie Smith, left, from Greenwood, Ind., and Chief Logistics Specialist Shache Cox, from Beacon, N.Y., render honors during a burial-at-sea ceremony held on aircraft elevator 4 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting routine operations in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clayton A. Wren)

As much as it is an honor to be buried at sea, it is also a privilege to render honors during a burial-at-sea. Honors are salutes rendered to individuals of merit, such as recipients of the Medal of Honor, to high-ranking individuals, to ships, and to nations. The type of honors rendered depends upon who or what is being saluted.

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For many sailors and Marines, there is no more honored choice for their mortal remains than burial at sea. According to Military.com, since the burial is from an active military ship, family members are not able to attend the ceremony in person. However, some family members choose to observe the ceremony from a civilian ship that is positioned nearby. For families who want to attend the service, civilian organizations offer burial at sea from a civilian vessel.

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