This past Sunday Karen and I were in NY for the unveiling of my father’s headstone, which reads:
“A crown has fallen from our heads”
Rabbi Abraham son of Rabbi Shmuel.
The quote we chose with which to honor my father’s memory is from Genesis, 23: 6.
Because my father served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army through World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, an Honor Guard was present to express the sentiments of a grateful nation for my father’s service to this country.
The Honor Guard unfurled the flag, fired three volleys, played taps, folded the flag, and presented it to my mother. I was leaking tears during the entire ceremony which was conducted with perfect dignity and slow motion solemnity.
Here’s a video of the Honor Guard. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ABevfXzvNs[/youtube]
May my father’s neshama have an aliya. And G-d bless the United States of America.