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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Last Taps


The First Sergeant and I attended the funeral of a dear friend today.

A retired Air Force veteran, we had met by sheer chance when both of our families moved to the area, whilst transitioning from military to civilian life
Over the years, our families have shared celebrations throughout life, births, marriages, Christmases and sadly deaths.

As I sat inside the funeral home I couldn't help but think of all the wonderful times we had shared with this family.
The laughter we had shared throughout the years.
I watched his wife, daughters, son, grandchildren and great grandchildren say their goodbyes to a fun-loving, compassionate, endearing, human-being, a true American hero to all.

The rain came down, the Air Force Honor Guard sounded the Last Taps, we laid our friend to rest.
I cried for the loss.
God Speed Melvin, you were one of the good guys.......

17 comments:

Louise said...

I'm sorry that your friend has passed.

Sharon said...

God Speed, Melvin and Rest.

Deanna said...

Dear One, May God comfort you this day and always. Very sorry for this loss.

You are one of the lucky ones for having him in your life and the kind memories you have of him are always present.

Heros are hard to come by,
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Betsy said...

What a lovely tribute! I'm thankful for his service! Big hugs to you, Jo! xo

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ann said...

God Bless.

Country Gal said...

Sorry for your loss .

Barbara Anne said...

Melvin, may your wonderful qualities enrich the memories of those who loved you and grace their lives so each is more fun-loving, compassionate, and endearing for having known you. Go in peace.

Hugs, to you and The First Sargent, Jo.

Sandra said...

a beautiful and touching tribute to your friend. the photo is beautiful

Snapper II said...

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend. It is especially hard when the family's are close. I appreciate the service he gave our great Nation. God Bless his Spouse, children and grand children.

Mary Lou said...

There is nothing that says "honor" like the flag and the bugler. God bless you everyone. Prayers for comfort.

Star said...

It was the bit where they folded the flag and handed it to the nearest relative that really got me.
It is, however, a lovely tribute, is it not.
Commiserations to you and to Melvin's family.

The Retired One said...

So sorry for your loss. Both my dad and my father-in-law were in the service and I remember how sad it was when they played taps and they handed the flag to us. Taps always give me the chills when I hear them,

Mama-Bug said...

It's always so sad to lose a beloved friend. Treasure those precious memories of Melvin. I'm sure both of your families are richer for the many wonderful times you shared. Hugs!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Aww Jo...I'm sorry to read that you lost a good friend last week. It's good to have those wonderful memories that you can think back on and remember a life 'well spent'. I hope this week is a better one for you.
Maura X

L. D. Burgus said...

He will surely be missed and his memory is such an honorable one.

laney said...

...don't ever forget that as you were hearing taps...your precious friend was hearing reveille...blessings for your hurting hearts...