What is a Caisson?The Caisson is a horse-drawn military wagon that is used to transport a funeral casket. The Caisson wagon is well known for its use at Arlington National Cemetery where it has carried fallen soldiers and former United States Presidents to their final resting burial. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol Caisson is one of only three remaining units in the United States!
Since 2008, the NCTA Caisson Unit has been honoring fallen law enforcement, first responders, governors, senators and other dignitaries with a horse-drawn wagon and active NC Troopers in uniform at their funeral. The solemn procession is a patriotic act of service, signifying that those who died did not die in vain and will never be forgotten.
“Our pledge is to honor and respect the families and department by being compassionate as we provide a service that will assist them through this trying time. All members of Caisson are expected to and willingly volunteer a tremendous amount of time to these families and departments. This service symbolizes the gratitude of all citizens of North Carolina to the deceased’s family.”