Last December 29th, I lost my little brother, Bill Lucas. This November 17th, we had the honor of celebrating him at a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery.
To start, we spent an evening with John's sister, Kathy and her husband, JC in Alexandria. Then my niece, Hailey and my brother and sister (Rod and Julie) showed up mid-morning Sunday, and we just sort of took over Kathy's living room for several hours. All was good, though.
John and Kathy
The Lucas clan (and John)
Monday morning dawned cool, wet and rainy. Considering we left single digits and 8 inches of snow back home, we weren't complaining, too much, about the weather. After the 80 minute drive of 15 miles (I don't miss traffic like that!), and one wrong turn, we arrived!
The Fall colors were beautiful!
A family shot with Sister-in-law Jane and William Robert Lucas IV
Our last sibling picture
The unfolding of the flag, prior to the ceremony
The 21 gun salute participants
The re-folding of the flag towards the end.
The flag presentation to Jane
After this portion of the ceremony, we walked over to where Bill's Niche is, for the final portion of the service.
His final resting place
The temporary identifying marker
As we began making our afternoon plans and heading out of the cemetery, the skies opened up and just POURED. Thank goodness it held off for us!
We had a small gathering (only 18 of us) afterwards at Chilis for lunch before we all had to head back to; home, the airport, school.
One of the best parts though, was that I got to get my hands on my two new great(s):
Great niece, June
Great nephew, "Little Bill"