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Army North Caisson Featured In Western Heritage Parade

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Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson, Army North PAO
US Army

It’s a tradition for the solemn U.S. Army Caisson Platoon to march in local events, even ones as festive as the parade that signals the beginning of rodeo season in San Antonio.

Lt. Col. Wayne Shanks at Fort Sam Houston said the platoon’s appearance helps keep the Army connected to the community.

"The Caisson Platoon in their normal business will honor our military veterans and soldiers who have died and they're going to be buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery," Shanks said. 

The Army North Caisson is reserved for specific funerals according to Army regulation. Last year, a full caisson honored Korean War veteran Lt. Gen. Johnny Johnston.

"Some soldiers may have a bugler and a flag detail or some may have the full caisson with the riderless horse," said Shanks.

Shanks said Fort Sam presents military honors for 1200 soldiers a year from San Antonio and the surrounding 53-county area. Last year, the Caisson participated in 95 of those.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.