Sorry for the lack of posts and comments. Been in SC for a funeral of an old friend.
At my age it’s obvious that I’m going to lose friends, but it still hurts. It’s even worse when one has to escort the widow, and all that entails.
On a different note, and I don’t really know what to think about it, the funeral home now has a hearse just for veterans.
My friend went to his final rest in this…
This is not a wrap, they actually painted it. They put the flag of the respective service in the holder on the front and go. But is ONLY used for veterans…
It was also interesting to note the public response, cars pulled over, oncoming traffic stopped, and I saw hats come off until the procession passed.
He was a Marine, and the Reserve Marine contingent turned out to do the flag ceremony. They did an outstanding job, and I couldn’t help but notice that four of the six were wearing PUCs…
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died, rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
It’s nice to see something like that, even if it is for a sad purpose.
I’m sorry for your loss. Please pass the condolences to the family, and thank them for his service.
Obligations and duty never ends if you are a standup person.
Neat, I have not seen a hearse like that before.
I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Thoughts and prayers for you and the family.
I do like the hearse. Very respectful how the people in the community reacted.
Sorry for your loss – good friends are difficult to say good bye to. Will keep you and his family in my thoughts and prayers. It’s nice to see the respect the hearse shows. The last mile should be within the flag . . . . very fitting.
The hearse is a nice touch. But your’re right. There seem to be more empty chairs all of the time. I’m a selfish bastard. I like the company of friends and want to keep them in the land of the living. You can beat a lot of things in life, but none of us will beat the clock.
My condolences Sir.
Sorry for the loss of your friend, Jim.
Antitango nailed the sentiment perfectly. And my condolences as well.
So sorry for your lose. But so good to see that proper respect is paid.
i’m sorry for the loss of your friend. 🙁
Very sorry to hear of your friends passing.
And I’m +1 with what antitango said.
Anti/Murph- Concur and thanks.
Guffaw- Will do
WSF- I know…
Duke- yes it is!
Agirl- Yes it was, and nice to see.
Bill- You’re correct.
LL- Agree, dammit…
Keads/Bob/PH/Laura- Thank you
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend
Sorry you lost your friend. I’m losing my pretty fast now, too. But that was a great way to be carried. BZ to the funereal home. And hand salute to him and to you for being there for his family.
RIP to your fiend. He’ll have many good comrades to share Valhalla’s mead.
Was at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday (birthday flowers for my Mom’s grave). From her grave side I could see 4 active funerals.
I always drop down to the lower end of Section 60 to pay my respects to the new arrivals. Along with all too many youngsters from the current war there are new graves of WWII, Korean, and Viet-Nam vets. Several graves hold more than one person; crews from WWII bombers, Viet-Nam choppers, training accidents, AC-130s … The newest one has twelve names. Headstone yet to be put up so I had to read the small ID cards. All shared a single date 4 August 2011.
Excuse me. Time to hoist a few for those who have gone before their time.
One of my treasured possessions is a casing from the salute at my dad’s funeral.
CP- Thank you sir
Stretch- Agreed, Salut!
Ed- Thank you.
I am sorry for your loss. 🙁
“It was also interesting to note the public response, cars pulled over, oncoming traffic stopped, and I saw hats come off until the procession passed.”
You were in South Carolina.
Godspeed Marine. Semper Fidelis
Sorry for your loss NFO. The hearse is a nice touch. I’d like to see more places do something like that.
thoughts and prayers…
Tam- Thank you and yes I was…
Shane- Thanks and agree
May he rest in peace. I am sorry for your loss.
Googled the company name from the picture and the “SC” from your text. Found them, I think and they have a link for veterans’ services. Sent them a note of appreciation for their thoughtfulness and expense in doing that hearse.
Bob- Thanks, I’m sure they will appreciate it!
Sad but also very sweet….thank you for sharing with us. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family. (HUG).