An honor usually reserved for funerals and memorial services came early for two fallen Fort Carson soldiers, 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin F. Burke.
In the sky, the missing man formation went over soldiers. It was posted to Facebook on January 29 by Peter Popoff, a fellow soldier.
A missing man formation is “an aerial salute performed as part of a flypast of aircraft at a funeral or memorial event,” but this one was unannounced to the public.
Lt. Cullen’s remains arrived in Indianapolis Wednesday morning where a patriot guard awaited his arrival. They escorted him to his hometown of Bicknell, Ind. Hundreds of residents lined the streets waiting for the hearse to pass by.
On Friday, visitation services will be held at North Knox High School, Cullen’s alma mater. Then, on Saturday, Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home is preparing for more than 1,000 visitors to pay their respects, nearly half the town’s population. According to the 2010 census, Bicknell is home to 2,876 people.
Warrant Ofc. Burke is expected to have his services in Nevada City, California.