Last week I watched my wife do the hardest think she’s ever done… no, not childbirth (I was there for that, too). As the youngest of four siblings she stood in front of dozens of friends and family pouring out her heart to give her beloved father’s eulogy. It was a magnificent and uplifting moment and I have never been more proud of Tanya. She shared stories across the emotional range from humor to sadness moving all members of the audience to get to know her Daddy just a little better. What she did reminded me of the Anthony Robbins quote, “If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.” Her father would have been proud.
My Father-in-Law was a retired Marine Officer and the family selected a full military service Atlanta-design-agency. It was a spectacular send-off attended by 10 young Marines in full dress uniform and their commanding Major. After a 21 gun salute a Marine played Taps on his bugle. It was a great moment of pride that our country pays respect to those that have served even if their service was in the 1940s to 1960s. The flag of the United States was meticulously folded 13 times and presented to my Mother-in-Law with the following statement, “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and Corps.”