I'm sorry for your loss. Your stories of your uncle were alway touching.
My sympathies on your loss. I'm glad we do the things we do to honor men like him.
I'm so sorry about your uncle. My son has participated in many of those services locally (although never at Arlington). They are impressive.
That's wonderful, Chris. Thanks for sharing it.
Whether it be a military funeral, a ramp ceremony (when a soldier is killed, there is a ceremony as he is loaded/unloaded from the transport aircraft) or a procession up the interstate...
Nothing compares to rendering honors to a fallen soldier. Whether he/she was killed in combat or died peacefully years after service...These men & women are heroes through & through.
I am glad you could render honors to your Uncle. We also thank him for his service.
First and foremost, I am sorry for your loss.
I know what you mean about the ceremony. We lost my brother in law a couple of months ago and he served in the Navy for 17 years. He was buried on the rainiest, muddiest day I had ever seen in Illinois and those servicemen and women in the honor guard stood in the mud and the muck and gave him a full military burial. It was awe-inspiring and the only thing about the entire thing that made sense.
I'm sorry for you and your family's loss. I, too, witnessed a military burial at Arlington - Nov. 1, 2010. My father. I still get chills with the memory. They fought hard for what we have, and it was a privilege to see them (him) honored for everything he gave.
I know you like music ~ take a 'walk' through Trace Adkins' "Arlington" sometime. It is very poignant and an awesome tribute to soldiers and sailors.
Gone But Not Forgotten.
I'm sorry for your loss, Chris. Taps is probably one of the saddest things I've ever heard.
a service at arlington... is one of the most patriotic things a person can attend....it never fails to make me proud to be an american and thankful for the service of so many....
our thanks to uncle dick..and our thoughts are with you and yours....
I am sorry for your loss.
I got to experience the service for my grandfather there in 2004. The experience, though sad, filled me with pride for the time they took to honor my grandparents (my grandmother has died in 2000). They were cremated but still had a small caisson. The only blip was when I went back a year later and my grandmother's death year was wrong on the tombstone, but they fixed it.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
I got goosebumps reading your post - as I get goosebumps every time Taps is played.
For all the times the routines and traditions of the military can be a headache (we're a military family), there are times when the rituals are amazingly moving and awesome to be a part of.
I am sorry to hear of your uncle's passing, that being said thank you for sharing such an awesome story, it made me proud to be an American, what a beautiful send off.
My thoughts go out to you and your family. It is indeed an honorable ceremony there at Arlington. I was there for my great-uncle Ted's ceremony. He was a veteran of 3 wars (WWII, Korea and Vietnam) and served active duty for 25 years and in reserves/as a recruiter for 30 more. It was a very memorable event - diginified and thought-provoking.
I have never seen a military funeral in full. I've seen glimpses of them at Arlington. Arlington moves me every time that I visit.
As usual, Chris you outdid yourself describing what you felt. My sympathies to your family.
Sometimes, even the thought of a ceremony there at Arlington can make me a bit misty-eyed. Your description of your uncle's funeral may have caused a blink or two.
...All is well
God is nigh
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