To those who have served: Thank you.
Since I have your attention, I strongly suggest you watch the movie Taking Chance. From imdb.com:
Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, WyomingWhat made this movie remarkable for me is that the movie was not a vehicle to glamorize war or to vilify war. It could have easily become a propaganda film. The director very deftly crafted a movie that was much more than that.
This movie is about dignity and respect. Specifically, it dealt with what happens after a Marine dies in battle. From the moment a soldier falls until his or her body is laid to rest, the body is treated with the greatest amount of dignity, honor and respect as a part of protocol, but also, as the movie showed, as a spontaneous gesture by those who are thankful.