When I was stationed at Ft Hood, Texas I had a detail that directed us going to funerals of Military Veterans and doing the 21 gun salute. I only went on two of them but the contrast in attendance was there. We talked about how sad it was to see the small family at one compared to the large extended family of the other.
I'm not putting the small funeral down it was just so different. Either way it was sad, we had a few Vietnam Veterans in the group and they kept us young privates grounded. I didn't understand the respect aspect so much back then but I do now 100%! War or peace men and women give their life or a portion of their life to this country and it's something to always be thankful for. Good Luck to ya BigPoppy..