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25 May 2015


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Alba Etie

Condolences to your family on the loss of your father in law .

Kyle Pearson

Sympathies on your loss, TTG.

Thank you for these moving observations, in your time of grief.

william R. Cumming


Robert Kenneth Chatel

Col. Lang,
I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your wife's family. One sister-in-law died three years ago after a five-year battle with dementia; she was only 66. All of us grew up about 40 miles north of there.


I'm sorry for your family's loss. It's good that your father in law could be interred with the honor due, and no less than his service deserved. I hope it provides some comfort to all affected.

Bill H

Hell, now I know that even descriptions of military funerals make me weep. Well written ones do, at least. My wife always looks sideways at me when scenes of the flag draped coffin surrounded by uniforms appear on the news or in the movies, and she always finds tears on my face.

Bless those young soldiers for giving you and your family comfort on a cold winter day of the heart.

patrick lang


My condolence to you and yours. pat



Did the school troops at West Point provide the detail? There is a battalion of the 1st Infantry Regiment there as well as the USMA Band. pl

Charles I

TTG labas, condolences to you and family. Thanks for sharing.

Extended care-giving of dependents in long term crisis is no easy road. Such tradition can help pave the way forward from such a hard to fathom ordeal, reminding us Grace may found amidst and after such desolation.

I wish I had some more.

All, it been my experience as a lengthy caregiver to a very stubborn dyer of a mother, and several others, that even in those with dementia, one's mind likely turn's to one's youth, and remorse over not working harder or longer is rarely an issue. Just a thought for those of you still in harness from an unemcumbered long retired idler.

FB Ali

TTG, my condolences!

And, thank you for that moving description of the funeral. The brotherhood of arms has its own bonds, whatever the colour of the uniform one wears.



Condolences to you and your family.


Col: A beatiful story. God Bless the US Army and the USA.

nick b


Please accept my condolences to you and your family for your loss. Thank you for such an uplifting story in a time of grief. I could not help but be struck by the embodiment of the promise of Matthew 5:4 in the Soldiers who came to honor your Father-in-law that day. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."


TTG and to your wife:


The Twisted Genius


I'm not sure who provided the burial detail. We're asking the funeral director to find out who they were. I want to write a letter to their commander. I didn't think of West Point. That's a definite possibility. The young bugler looked like she could have been from an Army band. I thought they might have been from the Saratoga National Cemetery, but I don't think there are any active duty soldiers assigned there. The casket team had honor guard tabs sewn on the left sleeves of their uniforms. Two of the sergeants had combat service ID badges, one for the 101st ID and one for the 2nd ID. There was one blue infantry cord and one German army marksmanship cord. They were so young. It's hard to believe we were ever so young.

The Twisted Genius


Thank you so much for your condolences. My purpose in writing this post was just to share a vignette that I thought was worth sharing, but your expressions of heartfelt sympathies are very much appreciated.

Mark Kolmar

Sad about your loss. Thank you for sharing this vignette, as you say. This is not the time to go on with any other thoughts about any similar event children (at any age) go through, that I hope is a long way off. I'd only say this made me think about it.

David Habakkuk



To a congenital civilian like myself, it is reassuring to hear that people serving in the U.S. Army today took the commemoration of a veteran so seriously.

You write: ‘Thank God for those ancient customs of our ancestors.’ Indeed, it is commonly such ‘ancient’ – and sometimes apparently quite ‘irrational’ – customs which keep us at least relatively civilised.



My deepest condolences on this passing. He joins his brethren in the graveyards full of indispensable men.
Dementia is more of a curse on the living than the dying. Thus a tip of the hat to your wife.



TTG, my condolences. My father fought that same battle. Your wife is a saint for the care she provided. That is one battle I hope never to have to fight. My younger sister took care of our father during his last years. We had a similar service, (my dad was an AF CMSgt). A very moving write up. Thank you for sharing.


Please accept my condolences TTG. My Fathers Army number is engraved on his headstone. He was always so proud that he, a jewish refugee from Hitler, was accepted into the Australian Army.



Unles they were from the USARNG, WP would be the most likely. pl

Medicine Man

Condolences and thank you for sharing, TTG.



My condolences to you and your wife.


Ishmael Zechariah


My condolences. Beautiful, touching write-up.

Ishmael Zechariah

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