Robert Boetticher on State Funerals

February 8, 2019
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Do you know the origin of Taps? Or the protocol for whose funeral is permitted to be held in the National Cathedral? Do you know the difference between a person lying in state and lying in honor?

Come to a special presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 20 on “Planning and Conducting State and Notable Funerals.” Select from two available times, 11am-1pm or 4pm-6pm.

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Join Robert “Bob” Boetticher, Sr., who has served as the lead funeral director and embalmer for the state funerals of George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan and four First Ladies. During his career, which spans nearly five decades, he has coordinated and directed some of the most visible funerals in recent history for a variety of well-known politicians, cabinet members, business leaders, entertainers and clergy. 

During the two-hour session,  Boetticher will share a behind the scenes presentation on how the team of funeral directors and military personnel trained, prepared and executed many of the funerals seen by millions around the world. The presentation covers aspects such as caisson training, coordinating with various participating entities, marching elements, the funeral train, White House support, history and protocols for the National Flag, Taps, the Missing-Man Formation and much more.

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Boetticher is currently President/CEO of LHT Consulting Group, AVP to the Founder & Chairman Emeritus of SCI and also serves as Chairman of the National Museum of Funeral History, a 35,000 sq. ft. facility located in Houston, which houses the country’s largest collection of funeral service artifacts.