2009 - Paying Our Heartfelt Respects

by J. R. Beatty

PAYING OUR RESPECTS
PAYING OUR RESPECTS
In September 2009 my saintly Mama celebrated her 90th Birthday. Four generations of our family gathered to share that special, happy day with her.

We also went up to the military cemetery where my Dad, her Husband, had been buried 9 years before with all honors due to his Army service in WWII.

As my younger Brother and my wife supported my Mother across the uneven grass towards my Dad's Military Memorial Headstone, I captured this special photo that means a lot to me.

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Dad's Military Memorial Headstone
Dad's Military Memorial Headstone
My Mother was able that day to see exactly where she would be buried when she passed away some five years later.

At that time her casket was buried on top of my Father's casket as a kind military cemetery option for veterans and their spouces.


Mom's Memorial Headstone
Mom's Memorial Headstone
My Mom's name and message "Together Again In Heaven" were enscribed on the back of my Dad's headstone.

My parents finally joined the many other folks of the "Greatest Generation". They all were effectively remembered as they rested in peace surrounded with many other headstones stretching to the dark "curtain-like" trees in the distance.

Now we can Pay Our Respects there at the military cemetery as well as in our own life actions and thoughts everyday!


Military Cemetary Deer
Military Cemetary Deer
As we drove away from this moving family experience, we saw in the lush surroundings
a natural sight and also a comforting "sign".

A deer was seen happily leaping and running over the green grass through the white
Military Memorial Headstones.


So Shy, So Hidden, So Deer, So Dear !!
So Shy, So Hidden, So Deer, So Dear !!
Then in the nearby trees and brush we saw two big-eyed, big-eared deer who were hiding from, staring at, and listening closely to us - as we stared back at them.

The deer appeared to be respectfully watching over our loved ones 24/7 until the promised, God-scheduled, future Rapture Day - when we hope to all be together again with our Triune God in the Heavenly place He prepares for us to live with Him forevermore!

So Shy, So Hidden, So Deer, ... All So Dear !!