Thursday, November 29: Image #337

More military/horse history.
In military funerals, the funeral casket is often followed by a riderless horse, with an empty pair of boots placed backwards in the stirrups. The backwards boots symbolize that the leader will never ride again, and symbolizes the leader's final look at his troops, who faithfully follow behind.
The most famous funeral horse was known as Blackjack, who took part in over 1,000 military funerals, including the ceremonies for JFK, Hoover, LBJ and Gen Douglas MacArthur. He is buried behind the flagpole on the 3rd Infantry's parade field.

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