Wonderful and heart filled post. Rec, your faithful tributes are inspiring. I am about to head out the door to visit my father's grave, WW II vet. I will lay some flowers and take a picture for my 94 year old mother who is unable to go to the cemetery.
Elton John's song, "Talking Old Soldiers" comes to mind this morning, a poignant lyrical portrait of an old man whose long time comrades in arms have gone on to the world to come.
"I know what they're saying son
There goes old man Joe again
Well I may be mad at that
I've seen enough to make a man go out his brains
Well do they know what it is like
To have a graveyard as a friend
'Cause that's where they are boy, all of them
Don't seem likely I'll get friends like that again"
Thank God for those who have given their "last full measure of devotion"