So where I live and work, as close as I am to DC, I don't know if it's just the "hustle and bustle" of the area, but I don't see many people performing what I consider this courtesy: pulling to the side of the road for an oncoming passing funeral procession.
When I was in Tennessee, where we buried both my grandmothers, my grandfather, and my mother . . . our family cemetery is out of the city confines and more rural. But the funeral director -- who is third generation and knows my family well, so he's very much into the small shows of respect -- for all four funerals, would pull into the city intersections (even before we'd made it out into the country), stop traffic and motion us through. Maybe because it was a smaller town, I don't know, but everyone stopped. No one tried to bum-rush through the lights or pass, all cars pulled off and the ones behind us (not necessarily in the procession) even turned on their hazards. I find that not only very touching but also a courtesy that I try to do as well. We even passed an off-duty officer who'd stopped, taken off his hat and bowed his head for the passing vehicles for my grandmother last March.
Do you think this is an outdated form of showing respect, or do you find it touching when done?