Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Laid to Rest


My brother, Doug, has been here for a couple of weeks. He lives and works in Germany and its been 10 years since we've seen him.

The main purpose for his trip, other than to see his amazing sister, was to put to rest our parents cremains.  Our father passed away in November of 2002 and our mother followed in August of 2004.  You are probably thinking, why did it take so long?  My mother had 2 brothers that were still living and the plan was for them to all be buried together at Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Finally, everything had come together and we were finally able to have a dual service there.


Cousins 2nd generation

Cousins 3rd and 4th generation

Plaque on visitors pavilion

Me with my brother Doug

Cousin Jill played taps

Side by side Sister and Brother

Headstones won't be done for a couple of weeks.  Never realized that my parents both died on the 24th of the month.

Robert Moore was my mother's brother

Vernon was also her brother but he was buried in the wall.  However, it worked out that my mother and brother are facing the area where he is buried.


Area where Vernon is buried.

After the service, we all went Old Bryan Inn in Saratoga for lunch.  It was really good to be able to spend some time with everyone.  It wasn't until after lunch that we all went back to the cemetery to actually see where they were buried.  We all sat around some more in they area where Vernon was buried. It was late evening when we finally got back to the hotel.  It was a quick trip but we were glad to finally get it done.  Hard coordinating something like this.  In order for them to be side by side, we needed to do it together.  We had separate flag ceremonies but only one gun salute for both and of course Jill playing taps.