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Military Funerals

  • Alice McDermott
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


There's a really strong bond

between air crew and between those

that are working with you,

a support staff.

And people do make a point

of getting together

and talking about it and remembering the good times

and having a drink for the person that's gone.

A military funeral has so much,

sort of, pomp and circumstance,

but actually, it's our way

of getting it through our system,

of marking that this person was important.

We knew this person, they died in the line of duty.

And of course, there are where chaplains

and other people play a role in being there to talk.

I think a lot of it is journeying through as a family.

You're kind of like a family

in the Air Force.

You're in it together.

  • Alice McDermott with colleagues

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