Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Laid To Rest

My Grandfather has been laid to rest.  On Sunday, we spent the entire day with family and at the wake/viewing for him.  Many people came to pay their respects.  It was a very sad and exhausting day.  There were two Military men outside the funeral parlor holding flags in honor of my Grandfather's service to the country.  It was touching that these two men volunteered and stood in the not so great weather for 4 hours.

Then, yesterday / Monday, we had the funeral.  It started at the funeral parlor, then moved to the church.  My brother did the Eulogy.  Everyone was already crying, but this truly made us all cry even more.  His words were so beautiful and then it happened.  My older brother, a very strong Military man got choked up.  Before we my Grandfather passed, we never really saw my brother break down. 

From the church, the procession made it's way to the cemetery.  My brother had it set up ahead for a police escort.  As we made our way, they already had roads blocked so we could just make our way through the lights / intersections.  It was rather impressive.

We arrived at the cemetery and it was freezing cold and rainy.  They had a tent sent up at the grave site.  My brother also had it set up for my Grandfather to have Full Military Funeral Honors.  The Honor Guard was already there and in position when we all arrived. 

There were 6 members standing around the coffin (2 on each side) holding the American flag over the casket.  There were 2 members standing behind the head stone.  A few rows up, there were more members who would be performing the 21 gun salute.  There was also a bagpiper. 

It truly was sad and beautiful at the same time.  I'm so glad my Grandfather was layed to rest with such honors.  My Grandfather was a WWII vet with a Purple Heart.  He was an all around amazing man.  I can't even put in to words how much he is loved and will be missed. 

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