I'm glad we were on the phone so she couldn't see the pain on my face as I said "Certainly ma'am, what ever you want."
I do this because it is something I can do. I know that it has a benefit, both to the family of the young man, and, according to the Command Sergeant Major, on the honor gaurd, when they know that I myself served and am willing to do this out of respect for the fallen and my own sense of duty and honor.
Robert E. Lee once wrote either in a letter or his journal (I'm thinking it was his journal kept while in West Point but I'm too damned lazy to look it up) that
Duty is the sublimest word in the English language.
I will do my duty. To this young man's memory, to his comrades, to his family and certainly to myself.
His mother will never know how hard it is for me to do this. She will only know that she asked me to do something and I said "Of course."