June 2015 we took a trip to Nebraska. Both sides of Pete's family are from Nebraska; currently most live in Scottsbluff. This trip was specially made for his Grandpa Arlan's memorial service. Though he passed away in March this year, see this post for more, we waited for the burial service because the army made a special headstone to be used in the Veteran's cemetery at Fort McPherson, Maxwell, NE. We drove to Scottsbluff first and stayed with Pete's Aunt. Friday, we drove east three hours to Fort McPherson National Cemetery for the memorial. The service was small but well done and many family and friends of his were able to attend. He was given full military honors and a twenty-one gun salute. Pete gave a speech during the memorial and our kids sang Jesus Loves Me for Great-Grandpa Arlan. It was the closure I think we were waiting for and I know, Pete's mom, Anne was relieved it was finished but satisfied in the memory of her dad's life.
|Arlan's sister was able to attend too|
|After the ceremony there was a nice reception at a nearby restaurant where we could visit with the friends and family, many who had traveled far to offer condolences and memories.|
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy