- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Federal funding has been cut for honor guards at military funerals in Minnesota, leaving some people concerned that veterans will miss out on the graveside honor they have earned.

The number of military funerals for which two active-duty honor guards will be provided has dropped from 5,000 to 3,000 a year, WDIO-TV (https://bit.ly/1qpHv1C ) reported. And those at Camp Ripley, Fort Snelling and a new veterans cemetery in Preston will get priority.

“This is the last thing we do for our veterans, the last solemn charge,” said Mike Stainbrook, a member of the Duluth Honor Guard. “It is really contemptuous to cut this funding.”

The change could cause some veterans from northern Minnesota to miss out on the tradition, which includes the ceremonious folding of an American flag, according to John Marshall, captain of the Duluth Honor Guard.

“The federal government reneged on its promise to supplement two active military soldiers at all military funerals,” he said. “It’s federal law,”

Veterans in Maine are also facing the same issue, but state and federal leaders are working to secure more funding. Marshall hopes the same will be done in Minnesota so the important service can be reinstated for all veterans.

“There’s no words to describe the emotion, the importance this has had in my life, to be able to serve families who’ve lost veterans,” he said.

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Information from: WDIO-TV, https://www.wdio.com

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