New York National Guard's Military Funerals Top 11,000 in 2018

New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Raymond Rodriguez, left, and Sgt. Joshua Sanzo, members of the northern district Honor Guard, fold the American flag during a funeral service, at the Gerald B. Solomon National Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., June 6, 2018. (New York Army National Guard photo/Andrew Valenza)
New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Raymond Rodriguez, left, and Sgt. Joshua Sanzo, members of the northern district Honor Guard, fold the American flag during a funeral service, at the Gerald B. Solomon National Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., June 6, 2018. (New York Army National Guard photo/Andrew Valenza)

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York National Guard says it will have provided military funeral honors for more than 11,000 veterans and military members by the time 2018 ends next week.

National Guard officials say honor guard teams will have conducted 11,115 military funerals by the time the current year ends at midnight Monday. That's slightly down from the 11,170 funeral services conducted across the state last year.

Army National Guard teams will have conducted most of the honors, about 8,970 funeral services. The rest — nearly 2,200 — will have been conducted by the Air National Guard's honor guard teams.

Federal law mandates that any military veteran who didn't receive a dishonorable discharge from the armed forces is eligible for military honors at a funeral service.

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