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29 October 2007 @ 10:31 pm

We'll be having a Memorial Service for Dad on Sunday, November 11th (which also happens to be Veterans' Day) at the VFW post. The Honor Guard will do a rifle salute, play taps, and then fold and present Mom with the flag.*

After, it'll just be drinks and food and sharing memories, and at some point in the future Dad's ashes will be scattered off an aircraft carrier.**

*My sister handled booking the VFW (Dad was Post Commander some years ago) and is taking care of the food, so I took over the 'services,' such as they are. Long story short, we're doing military honours. And I nearly lost it when I was talking to the man in charge of the Honor Guard. guh.

**If I've not mentioned it, Dad was a pilot. As a child, I only knew him as a corporate pilot, but he got his training in the Navy. He was a test pilot, and also flew reconnaissance, but most of all he loved his days flying from the carriers. Yep; my dad was a flyboy!

All may yet be very well.
I feel: okayokay
Andrewquueer on October 30th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
My grampy was a pilot in the navy too. I never could believe the old pictures I'd see of him really were the same grampy that I knew - it didn't seem possible.
Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on October 30th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
When I wear my poppy this year, I'll be thinking of your dad as well as my grandpa. *hug*
Rennierengirlie87 on October 30th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
pheylanpheylan on October 30th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
BJ's grandfather was Air Force in 2 wars (WWII and Korean) so got the full military funeral with 21 gun salute and everything. They'd done a church service first then went out to the VFW cemetary. The military ceremony was the better as far as I was concerned. *hugs*
Vampcurse: Hugsvampcurse on October 30th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
My ex's Dad had an Honour Guard when he passed. It really warms the heart. They didn't know him, but even they were teary.
*Love & Hugs*
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on October 30th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)

My dad was a reservist, but a flag was presented to my mom from some of the vets who served on the USS Missouri- dad was a naval history buff and worked as deputy chief of security for the USS Missouri historical site.

Aifacat: Days Pastaifacat on October 30th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Well, that sounds just perfect on all counts. :-)