Quantico

Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday.  It’s been a long week and I didn’t have time/inclination/energy to pre-post, and we were on the road much of the day, going to and from Quantico National Cemetery

We were finally able to lay my uncle to rest yesterday.  I had to choose my words carefully, because no one but the minister realized that we wouldn’t actually have a true graveside service.  The logistics make it nearly impossible, despite the shots we’ve all seen in movies of the formal, military funerals.   The service was held at one of the many little shelters – not unlike what you have in your local parks – and we were fortunate (in my opinion) that ours was one literally on the edge of the woods, and it had a very “in nature” feel that I’m sure my uncle, who worked outside just about all of his adult life, would have appreciated.

I apologize for the lack of photos, but it was a rather emotional time for me.  While I find the practice of funeral crashing beyond despicable, I think everyone living in this country should experience a military funeral.  I knew ahead of time this one would be harder than usual, because it was at Quantico, because my father was a Marine.  I’ve never seen an unimpressive man in uniform, but there’s something about a Marine Corps Honor Guard that puts a lump in my throat.

The burial sections were especially moving, still decked out in their holiday finery.  If you’re not familiar with Wreaths Across America, I’ve included a video, but it is long.  If you click on this WAA link, and click on either of the news links, there are shorter versions.  I’ll try to remind everyone about this project later in the year.

Sissy is doing fabulously, Gretchen is back to her sweet norm, and we’re having a very low-keyed weekend at home.  There might be more posts; I’m way behind on things I’d like to share with you!  What are your weekend plans?

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12 comments on “Quantico

  1. Sue says:

    You’re absolutely right about the solemn ceremony of a military funeral. My uncle’s best friend was an Air Force pilot killed on duty and my cousin was a Navy pilot. I was most impressed with the guard that stayed with the family up to and thru the funeral.

    I’m so glad o hear that Sis is doing well.

    We’re just hanging out this weekend. I’ve been baking and playing with my new best friend, Kindle.

  2. kathy b says:

    I must watch the wreaths across Amercia. Thanks for the link! Enjoy your quiet recovery weekend!

  3. kathy b says:

    Fireman and I just watched the video…..hauntingly beautiful

  4. Robin in VA says:

    OH…I’ve experienced a miltary funeral–for a man I’d never met but was a childhood friend of Hubby’s…I cried like a baby!
    Hugs to you….hang in there–I am!
    My weekend? A LONG run, trying not to worry, some football and our annual dinner with friends.

  5. Barbara S. says:

    I am so glad it worked out for you to have finally be able to go. Yep, a military funeral is awesome! I think that is the direction my mom is leaning at this point.

  6. Glad that your sad day could at least have some redeeming value…hooray for quiet weekends and dogs doing well.

  7. Marjie says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of your uncle.

    On a cheerier note, hooray for the girls being in better spirits! enjoy your low key weekend; Monday will come too soon.

  8. gMarie says:

    I’m done! I’m happy beyond words that you were finally able to lay your uncle to rest in a manner truly fitting to him. g

  9. Kathy says:

    A military funeral is a very moving experience indeed. It’s good your uncle is finally resting in peace and the family has closure. ((hugs))

    So happy Sissy is doing better and Gretchen is back to her norm. Hurray! for a low-key weekend 🙂

  10. Terrie says:

    I’m happy to hear you were able to lay your uncle to rest in such a meaningful manner.

    Thanks for sharing the video from Wreaths Across America. I didn’t know about that so I’ll have to check out their website.

    I’m so glad Sissy is doing well and Gretchen is act like her normal self again 🙂

  11. Bubblesknits says:

    Yes, military funerals are incredibly moving. My mom’s best friend’s husband was killed when I was very young, but that funeral is still very vivid in my memories.

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