Monday, August 18, 2014

All is well, safely rest. God is nigh.

One thing we didn't know nine months ago: it takes time to get on the schedule for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Today, daddy's ashes were committed to the hallowed ground there. We are so grateful that, with the exception of the tiniest members, we were all able to travel for the ceremony. His favorite nieces and their husbands, his favorite nephew-like-a-son and his wife, and two life-long Army friends were there with us, as well.

The military precision of the ceremony was expected but we had no idea that so many soldiers would be involved. We knew a little of what the ceremony included but again, we had no expectation of some of the honors that would be a part of the day.

He would have been so humbled by the chaplain, Army band, horse-drawn caisson, escort platoon, color guard, caparisoned horse, three-volley salute by the firing party, bugler.... it was overwhelming, for sure. A few photos were taken by friends and family and I will post those as soon as I get them.

Taps

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.


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