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.