It was a most beautiful day. After some morning rain, the sky brightened to a lovely shade of blue and the dark clouds gave way to sun. It seemed so fitting, as if God was smiling with approval as we gathered to honor a Navy Chaplain and his lifetime of service.
Service to his country. Service to his family. Service to the Veterans that he loved so dearly. And, above all, service to his Lord and Savior.
Raindrops fell as we arrived at the gate to Arlington National Cemetery and went through security.
It was still drizzling when we entered the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel for service.
A beautiful chapel known for it’s unique stained glass windows.
The weather cleared as the walkers prepared to follow the caisson and others followed in cars.
With full military honors, the casket was carried by a horse drawn caisson.
making our way to the grave-site.
The military band in the lead.
Notice in this photo, the horses on the left have riders while the horses on the right are only saddled, stemming from the days when the horses on the right were typically carrying ammunition.
Arrival at the grave-site
Navy Band on left
the 3-volley rifle salute
the sounding of Taps
folding of the flag
a moving moment as a son presents the flag covering the casket of his father to his mother.
This God-honoring man served as a US Navy Chaplain for twenty six years. He served on numerous ships, at Naval bases, and with the US Marine Corps. He also served two tours in Vietnam. Upon retirement, he established a counseling service where he served as Director and focused on treating veterans with combat related issues. His love for veterans and their love for him is part of his legacy.
He was a friend to all, and John and I have been blessed to call him our friend.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith
2 Timothy 4:7
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!