Saying farewell to a fallen comrade

A memorial service was held last week for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. Clarke, 79, who was homeless, served in the Army from 1956-59. The military funeral for the homeless veteran was provided by the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, which is dedicated to honoring homeless and indigent veterans with proper burials. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FULL HONORS - Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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FULL HONORS – Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HONORING THE VETERAN - Army Lt. Kyle Woodhouse leads the flag draped casket of Richard Clarke to a graveside service at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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HONORING THE VETERAN – Army Lt. Kyle Woodhouse leads the flag draped casket of Richard Clarke to a graveside service at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HONORING THE VETERAN - Pastor Craig Beeker, right, speaks during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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HONORING THE VETERAN – Pastor Craig Beeker, right, speaks during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HONORING A VETERAN - Army Lt. Kyle Woodhouse, left, presents the American flag to veteran George Plyley during a funeral for veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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HONORING A VETERAN – Army Lt. Kyle Woodhouse, left, presents the American flag to veteran George Plyley during a funeral for veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FINAL SALUTE - Barry Hammond of Thousand Oaks salutes as the casket of U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke passes by at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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FINAL SALUTE – Barry Hammond of Thousand Oaks salutes as the casket of U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke passes by at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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