It’s been a week of hospice care and funerals.  I attended a military service at Ft. Logan cemetery here in Denver for a client.  My father was a WWII veteran and we had the national honor guard at a private cemetery for his service.  They performed a 21 gun salute, which at the time I was surprised to learn occurred in three rounds of seven guns and they performed the folding of the flag, which I as the youngest was given because my older brother had already received the flags of several other family members.  I kept the flag and was given the 21 shells which I placed with the flag into a case which I kept in one of my old offices.  The ceremony at Ft. Logan was similar but even more impressive because it is a veteran’s cemetery with thousands of white stones perfectly arranged in rows.  My client was buried there and a place next to him was reserved for his wife who is still living.  A 21 gun salute was given, shells offered and “Taps” played by bugle.  I was proud to have been able to attend a tribute to a man who served his country and to thank all of the others who had served and gone before him in burial.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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