Each Memorial Day, all of us who work at Browning, are deeply touched when we contemplate the gifts given to us by those men and women of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice. The reasons men and women are willing to put their lives at risk for their country are many and are often of the most personal and sacred nature. And the impact upon their families and friends -- when they give their lives -- is equally significant and lasting. We wish simply to honor and give thanks to them. And we promise to always REMEMBER.
Memorial Day 2015. This our Facebook post done last year for Memorial Day. This statue is at a park in the town of Huntsville, just a few miles straight north of the Browning corporate offices in Morgan, County. The concept of the riderless horse has a significant historical backstory, and riderless horses have been seen in the funeral processions of countless military funerals and several presidents, including in the processions of Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy.
From Wikipedia: "A riderless horse or caparisoned horse (in reference to its ornamental coverings, which have a detailed protocol of their own) is a single horse, without a rider, and with boots reversed in the stirrups, which sometimes accompanies a funeral procession. The horse follows the caisson carrying the casket. A riderless horse can also be featured in military parades to symbolize fallen soldiers."