Sunday, June 12, 2011


You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours.

Yogi Berra (b. 1925) professional baseball player and manager

last night i returned home from my most recent wander. the highlight of the trip was the service for my father at arlington national cemetery. several friends of the mouse asked if i could share some photos. i didn't take photos during the chapel service; however, i did take plenty of photos at other times during the funeral. the service was beautiful and moving - it was a hot day, in the upper 90s, but just the kind of day my dad loved.

i hope you enjoy this brief glimpse of a navy funeral (to enlarge click on lower right icon)

there are many versions of taps posted on youtube, since dad was a navy man, i thought this was fitting (sorry, no idea who the sailor is)

photo: detail of mcclellan gate at arlington national cemetery with stanza from the poem bivouac of the dead by theodore o'hara


Reya Mellicker said...

I've taken pictures of that arch many times, so I know just where you were. I'm so sad I missed this, very grateful for the pics you've posted. How beautiful and respectful.


Betsy Brock said...

I'm so glad it was nice and you got to go. Yes, so hot!! Today is least here. Taps is just so moving, oh my. Love that photo of your dad!

Watson said...

Your dad must have loved this ceremony, mouse, so full of dignity and respect. I could hear muffled drum beats, and see his spirit smiling with great affection for his daughter. Thanks for sharing this moving event with us.
hugs from

Gary said...

Kimy, I am so sorry about your dad. The pictures are wonderful. Military funerals are so respectful, well executed and leave one feeling like the proper tribute has been paid. Thanks for sharing this moment with us.

California Girl said...

What a lovely succession of photographs of your father's procession. There is nothing as poignant or breathtaking as a military funeral. My father died in 2007. He had retired near Vandenburg AFB in CA. He was a WWII Lt. Col. He'd arranged the details for his own military funeral which helped my brother and me immensely when the time came. It wasn't as gorgeous as your dad's Arlington procession with the caisson but it was beautiful. Air Force boys in dress uniform bore the casket in, draped with the flag. There was the moving folding of the flag and handing it over to my brother. They played taps on a cornet and then everyone went outside for a 21 gun salute. It was so memorable. We had 60+ guests & were only expecting about 25 so it was SRO. My sons were there. Dad would have been proud.

Glad you had this experience.

karen said...

Even the flowers look as if they're standing at attention. Your dad, so handsome, looks like a movie star in his photo. I'm glad you got to go to this tribute to your dad. xo

Merle Sneed said...

Mouse, they did your Dad proud. Time has taken nearly all of these great men and women who answered the call and did what needed to be done.

All my best to you and yours.

Meri said...

Lovely, Kim -- a nice tribute for a life well lived.

Anonymous said...

glad you tracked down the source of the quote on the arch, I loved that. Respectful is just what I have been telling people too, isn't it wonderful how that came through teh photos. I wanted to give all those folks at the cemetary a huge thanks - I was thinking how they also serve in this role in snow and rain. Ali