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Old 09-18-2009, 09:14 PM   #15
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P.S. I am surprised that some people have seen and participated in so few processions. I'm only 50 yrs. old and I've traveled in over a two dozen processions and I've seen many, many more. I live in a big city Georgia now but I saw just as many in small town Florida.
I think it's just not a tradition out this way. Nearly everyone in my family has passed, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, and we've never once had a procession, or a graveside service.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:41 PM   #16
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We saw the traffic all stop for a funeral procession while on vacation in Kentucky once. We didn't know what was going on! We pulled over like everyone else and learned something new. Up here in Northwest Indiana and Illinois the funeral procession goes through red lights in towns. On the expressways, anything goes. My mother's burial was quite a distance from the church and travel on the expressway was necessary. We thought it was in the interest of safety of all the family attending the burial to not have a procession to the cemetery. Many accidents happen here during funeral processions due to the congestion and hurry of all us suburban people. I've seen a couple almost happen myself. I really liked the Southern practice. It was very respectful.
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:30 PM   #17
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Hi, I guess when you live in the big city, you will see quite a few funeral processions. The escorts on motorcycles are mostly just that. Some people call them cops/police, and some of them are off duty or retired cops and others are just motorcycle escorts. Around here we usually don't pull over [multiple lanes] but we stay out of the way. It seems that most of the time you are already stopped when an escort blocks the intersection. No one ever trys to cut through the line or interupt the procession. As for a law, I have not heard of any laws for those not involved. If you are in a funeral procession they usually tell everyone to turn on their head lights and bright orange stickers saying "FUNERAL" are put on your windshield, back window, or both. So when you see a long line of cars with their head lights on and funeral stickers on them, GET OUT OF THEIR WAY.
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:49 PM   #18
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Minnesota here. . .we always stop for processions. . .whether they are led by law enforcment or not--all about respect. . .JPC
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I think it's just not a tradition out this way. Nearly everyone in my family has passed, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, and we've never once had a procession, or a graveside service.
Stefrobts,
I will "guess" here and, say cremation.. I understand from a close friend of mine who started the Cremation Society of Washington, that the state of Washington is in the top percentage in the nation for cremation service.
That's the only reason I can think of for not having a funeral procession or, a grave side service. (That last statement is not totally correct as you could have a private grave side service for cremains.)
The respects we afford to a funeral procession should be universal.
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Here in NM last year there was a a local officer killed on duty. As stated above the procession went on for miles and traveled 30 miles at 75 mph down the interstate with dozens of police, fire, and EMS vehicles. Some people on the frontage road stopped and stood by their cars. Other people were on the bridges. The deputy was to be cremated and the procession went to the crematorium.
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In the South, stopping for a funeral procession has been the custom all of my lifetime. I was a young City of Miami Police Officer in the 60's. Motor officers escorted funeral processions, stopping traffic along the route. In the early 70's I was a motor office with the City of Tallahassee Police Department. We provided motorcycle escort for all funeral processions. We would use the oncoming lane to leap frog the procession to lighted intersections. Any oncoming traffic that did not pull off, we would put off. Almost everyone would just pull off.

I remember one incident where a young woman refused to pull off and almost hit me head on. I took a brief moment to stop her. I took her drivers license, and told her to stay there until I came back. I returned about 45 minutes later. I had pretty much decided that I was not going to write her as she had already been greatly inconvenienced. She proceeded to give me a serious bunch of lip. I let her hold paper for everything that I could think of.

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I come from a small mountain town in Colorado and nearly everything stops when the funeral procession goes through town. In the city, where I live now, I still see people pull over when the procession goes by. I always pull over. It's a final sign of respect.
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I feel the same way. When my father passed away it was in a small city. It was very nice to see how people reacted by pulling over.
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It is a practice here in NC. I feel like its just a little bit of human kindness that we can all pass on.
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Here in Ohio the law is pretty much as the posted law in Georgia.
Funeral processions have the right of way at all intersections. Usually there is a motor Escort(not law enforcement) but they have the rite to stop traffic,I guess(they do it) As far as I know you are not required to pull over or stop when meeting a funeral procession. I have even seen people pass a procession on a 4 lane street. I never do. ITS a respect thing.
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I have been in a number of funeral processions- mostly in rural areas- and have noticed people pulling off- as a child I asked my mother why and she said because those people know what we are going through and are showing their respects to your grandma. As an adult I pull over to offer the same respect. I have never had to do this while towing the airstream- although I would.
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Well, I now have another funeral experience I would have never imagined being a part of. I am a member of an experimental aircraft club. EAA614.com. About three weeks ago two of our members had a mid air collision and one did not survive. I was asked to fly in the right seat in one of the planes in a missing man formation fly over the burial service. I took serveral pics. Was a moving experience.
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I have always pulled off to the right when I see a funeral procession. They go right thru traffic lights and all so as to keep the procession together. Everyone waits, out of respect to the family. I thought every state did this - I guess not.
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