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May 30, 2006



What a great post - and tribute to your dad. The pictures are great! Thanks for commenting on my blog...and I have thanked my Grandpa's, my Dad, my cousins and friends for their service, not only in words, but by the way I live and am teaching my kids. It's the only thing I can do.


Wonderful post, Uzz, and AMAZING pictures. They made me a little teary. Thanks for sharing.


Hey Uzz, great stuff. I'm not sure what the Marine in the photo is doing. I've been to a lot of memorial events and have never seen someone step aside like that -- but it could be a Marine thing. I know that color guards, funeral details and the like have some flexibility in how they do things.

Here are a couple of site with more info on the 21-gun salute:


Beautiful. Thanks.


Wow. I wish I'd seen these pictures sooner. How powerfully moving.

They remind me of a Patriot Guard Rider mission I was on in Utopia, TX last month ---

We were escorting the casket of Sgt. Weikamp to his final resting place. There were townsfolk lined up all along the 15 miles from his hometown in Utopia to the cemetary in Vanderpool. Standing a part from the crowd, I spotted a n old man wearing a VFW hat, slumped against a lampost, quitely crying as we passed by.

It tore me up.

Army of Mom

Hey, I had to revisit this post. I love your pictures and that you took our boy to be part of it. Kids need that. I think the country would be a better place if more parents taught their children these lessons. Thanks.

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