Dressed in their gala uniform, the soldiers who composed the 120-man strong Battalion Honors stood at attention as the Fokker plane carrying the remains of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo arrived in Villamor Air Base at around 10:00am on Friday (Aug 24).
The flag-draped casket was carried by 4 pairs of pall bearers from the Army's Security and Escort Battalion, as AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa escorted the Robredo family. The band played "Nearer, My God, to Thee". I can see tears shed among those who attended, including the soldiers.
Please play the video to hear the song that was played by the band for an outstanding public servant like Secretary Jesse Robredo.
The casket was laid down about 10-meters in front of the formation area for the arrival honors. During this time, 4 ruffles and flourishes can be heard. The 'ruffles' are played by the drummers while the 'flourishes' are sounded by the buglers. The soldiers rendered salute while the civilians stood at attention as required in military honors like this.
When the ceremony was over, the casket was again carried by the pall bearers towards the hearse which was awaiting nearby. The honor guards stayed in the formation area until the time that the limousine was able to disappear amidst the crowd of supporters who were waiting eagerly outside.