With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Saying Good-bye

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Saying Good-bye

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! 
Matthew 25:23

11 comments:

Susan said...

That was a very beautiful tribute to your dear friend LDH. The service at Arlington National Cemetery sounded absolutely fitting and beautiful. May his soul rest forever in sweet peace. Thanks for sharing those special moments of your life. Susan

corners of my life said...

What a lovely post and perfect photo.
God was smiling with approval indeed.

Debbie said...

A lovely and fitting ceremony for one who gave his life to the service of others. I love to hear of these special people being honored the way they should be. I am sorry for the loss of your friend, but rejoice for his entrance into heaven!

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Such a beautiful post and so special that you were able to be there. How wonderful to be able to say at the close of someone's life, they served faithfully. x

Sharon - creativity and family said...

Such a beautiful post and so special that you were able to be there. How wonderful to be able to say at the close of someone's life, they served faithfully. x

podso said...

A beautiful tribute to a man who served our country well. It's so nice you could be a part of it and bring him honor.

Maryann said...

A beautiful post and tribute to your dear friend

Nonnie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your dear friend. I am so thankful for those who serve. I am sorry for your loss and his family's loss, but rejoice that he knew the Lord and is now with Him in perfect peace.

Nonnie said...

And the photos are beautiful!

Ann Thompson said...

a fitting farewell to someone who served so faithfully

marie said...

Such a lovely tribute. I am so grateful for those who serve our country...thanks so much for sharing this today.

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