NOTE from Dan Zanoza, RFFM.org's Executive Director: The following is the final installment in RFFM's three-part series in honor of Memorial Day. The essay was first posted on February 25, 2010. Mrs. Dermody wrote this response after reading an RFFM.org column titled, "Arlington National Cemetery's Old Guard: Not All of Washington, D.C. Shut Down During Snow Storm" by Lyle J. Rapacki http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2010/02/arlington-cemetery-honor-guard-not-all-of-washington-dcshut-down-during-snow-storm-by-lyle-j-rapacki.html.
Mrs. Dermody gives a poignant and touching description of her husband's (Major John Dermody, USMC Retired) burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Though John Dermody does not rest in the Tomb of the Unknowns (pictured below), his body lays in hallowed ground and his spirit resides in a Heavenly place.
My husband John was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on May 15, 2007. My four kids wanted him there. He did not care. Rather he said, "it will be so far for Mom if she wanted to put flowers on the grave."
Part 1: Medal of Honor Recipients: Doug Sterner's Home of Heroes Web Site Honors True Heroes: An Interview with Doug Sterner by Dan Gura / Memorial Day: RFFM.org Weekend Series Honors U.S. Military: http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2010/05/memorial-day-rffmorg-weekend-series-honors-us-militarys-fallen-heroes.html
Part 2: Arlington National Cemetery's Old Guard: Part 2 in RFFM Memorial Day Series by Lyle J. Rapacki, PhD. http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2010/05/arlington-national-cemeterys-old-guard-part-2-in-rffm-memorial-day-series.html:
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