Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day – 25 Years

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

This was Memorial Day 1985 at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii.

I was attending a family reunion; it was the last time the family was totally gathered together. The growth of the family wasn’t quite finished. My older brother, Guy, a Navy officer, was stationed at Barbers Point Naval Air Station and my sister, Alison was in the “Tropical Lightening” Army Band at Schofield Barracks; both facilities are on Oahu. My parents and younger brother, Neal, who was an artillery officer in the Army, and all of the spouses and their siblings, were present.

Here, the “Tropical Lightening” Army Band forms up at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery.

An Army field artillery unit fires a 21-gun salute.

At the end of the ceremony an “echo” taps was performed. The first bugler, left, starts the tune, the second bugler, right, is hidden by a tree while playing the echo. The unit’s flag bearer and artillery officer render a salute.

So What’s Wrong With This Picture?

In the 25 years since this event there are so many more military personnel memories to hold. We do so with the greatest appreciation.

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