Saturday, April 14, 2018

Meaningful moments...

I didn't mention this last week, but because we had such terrible, flooding rains the day of my father-in-law's funeral (which was on Tuesday, April 3rd), the actual burial service was held this past week (on Thursday, April 12th).

Unlike the day of the funeral service, this past Thursday turned out to be a beautiful (if extremely windy) spring day.  As a Korean War veteran my father-in-law received military honors at his burial service.  While logistics prevented a 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps and the folding and presentation of the flag that covered his coffin was very moving.  I've been to military funerals before, but have never had such a close-up seat to watch it from.  I couldn't hold back the tears when this young Army chaplain knelt to hand the flag to my mother-in-law.  It was so incredibly moving.

“On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s 
honorable and faithful service.”

Even though my father-in-law was 93 when he died, and his service had been many, many years ago, it was touching to see the honor that younger officers paid him and my mother-in-law.  Of course, that is expected, but I couldn't help but wonder and marvel at the "brotherhood" that exists between all who have served in the military, regardless of age and space in time.  While we were small in number at the graveside (compared to the number who attended the funeral service), it was a very personal and memorable service.  Beautiful, in all respects.

~~~~~



Bernie (age 26) at Ft. Monmouth, NJ - 1950


Bernie (age 93) - 2017



'till we meet again, Dad B.
"on that beautiful shore..."



5 comments:

  1. Wrapping my arms around you in comfort. What a beautiful tribute to a man who was loved by so many. RIP Bernie and thank you for your service.

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  2. It sounds as though this was the perfect send off. RIP Bernie.

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  3. Hugs to you and your family and to his wife who must miss him terribly. I am praying that healing and peace come to you all and that only good memories and smiles remain with you and your family.

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  4. Memory eternal ! God's comfort to you all! May he be blessed with rest and peace!

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  5. What a wonderful tribute. So good to know that even though his service was many years ago, he is still recognized and honoured for it.

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