Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The next step?

The next phase of things here dealing with my father's death may be quite interesting - we're seeing about getting his ashes inturned (I believe that's the word) in Arlington National Cemetery. We're still double-checking on all the requirements, but I believe he's eligible as an honorably-discharged veteran. If we can get the paperwork lined up I think we can get him a military memorial service and inturnment in a little nook in a 50,000-remains-complex they call a "columbarium" (I just pulled the satellite image at the left off Google Earth). The place is apparently right by (Omar) Bradley Drive (who was his overall commander in the First Army) but it's also right by (George) Patton Drive (Third Army - a show-boater whom he couldn't stand).

It's also very close to the start and finish of the Marine Corps Marathon (not that my father would have cared about that!) and the Army Ten Miler course passes between it and the adjacent Pentagon. (Actually I think the Columbarium is within view of the side of the Pentagon where Flight 77 struck.) I should be in the neighborhood fairly frequently, at any rate.

Arlington Cemetery is a fascinating place to me - many, many famous names from American history there, and I've always appreciated the snide gesture of burying the immortal Union Dead right up to General Lee's front porch.

P.S. Thanks for your many kind comments, readers. I do appreciate them.


Spokane Al said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am confident that your father's military service will earn him a place of honor at Arlington.

Your words on behalf of your father were very moving. His WWII experiences were amazing and appreciated.

Take care.

jbmmommy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. While your father may not have cared about being near the marathon, it's something that will be special for you, and that's good.

Brent Buckner said...

Thanks for the look-in at Arlington.

I toured it as teenaged Canadian 27 years ago and understood it a little as a very special place.

Lynne said...

I lost my dad last year - It sucks. I am sure he would appreciate what you are doing for him.

ShirleyPerly said...

Nancy, sorry to hear the news of your dad. But Arlington would certainly be the ideal final resting place. Hope it comes through.

Mommymeepa said...

I will be praying for you and your family. It is never easy to lose a parent. You are in my thoughts.

Bigun said...

the best of luck with Arlington - certaintly a special place and worthy of a hero like your dad.

*jeanne* said...

Oh, Nance.
Ellie emailed me about your Dad. I am so sorry.
One of those things that changes everything, the loss of a parent.
Take care, Nancy.