Monday, March 03, 2008

I got the flag!

In the continuing saga of our encounter with Arlington National Cemetery:

I downloaded the form online for an interment flag and walked into our teensy small town local post office and gave it to the lady at the counter, and sure enough, she handed me a box with a 5-foot by 9-foot American flag inside, labeled for internment. The lady said they normally just deal with funeral directors for the flags.

I had never heard of it before. Our tax dollars are indeed at work.

The inurnment in the Columbarium is one week from Thursday. I sure hope we have nice weather for it. Unfortunately the cherry blossoms don't start blooming until at least two weeks later.

Here are some photos of the Columbarium in springtime.

Update: When I was looking for an image for this post, I stumbled across this very lovely photo essay on the Arlington National Cemetery service of Lieutenant George Stalk, U.S. Army Air Force. Well worth the click.


Fe-lady said...

What a great thing you are doing for your dad...he is smiling in heaven!

Rainmaker said...

Glad to hear it worked out! Hopefully the amazing weather we had today will hold for next week.

Iron Pol said...

Hey Nancy, just catching up on what can't be done in the convenience of the office, anymore. I'm sorry to hear about your dad, and thrilled he will be honored with burial at Arlington. Once upon a time, retiring from the military was enough for that honor. Now, it is a sign of service well above and beyond to be buried there.

It is some amount of work to get it all "perfect," and I know your family will appreciate the efforts.

ShirleyPerly said...

Great that your dad will be at Arlington after all!