The New York National Guard unit that conducts military funerals throughout the state had its busiest year ever in 2011.
National Guard officials say the New York Military Forces Honor Guard has participated in funerals for more than 10,500 veterans as of last Friday. In 2010, the unit provided military honors at the funerals of more than 10,400 soldiers, service members and veterans.
Don Roy, the director of the honor guard program, says more than 90 percent of this year's funerals were for veterans of World War II.
Sixty soldiers work full-time with the New York honor guard, with another 70 assigned on a part-time basis. On average, they conduct 900 funerals each month from Long Island to Buffalo. Only California's honor guard performs more military funerals than New York.