Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Arlington Ladies

The American Spectator of May 2005. A "random" pick up from the magazine rack. Memorial Day approaching. Page 12 - Humbleness defined. I know nothing is coincidental. The article is "The Arlington Ladies - American Voluteerism at Its Most Moving."
By Shawn Macomber Published 5/27/2005 12:09:54 AM THE STORY OF THE ARLINGTON LADIES stretches back to a day in 1948 when Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt Vandenberg happened upon the funeral of an airman at Arlington. What he saw disturbed him: There wasn't a soul at the service, save the chaplain and the Honor Guard members conducting it."
At the link above, you can read the article. Here's the short version: Beginning in 1948, the wife of Air Force Chief of Staff, General Hoyt Vanderberg, Gladys, began attending funerals of the fallen at Arlington National Cemetary so no one would not have someone at their funeral, and, even if they did, the Arlington Ladies would be there to support the family as necessary. In 1972, the Army Arlington Ladies "stood up." In 1985, the Navy began it's "watch." The Marines will always have a representative from the Commandant's Office at every Marine funeral at Arlington. Compassion comes to mind. The women who have done this seek no recognition in these forums. They are there for the fallen, not for us. It is but one more example of the bond of the military family so many of us have been a part of, or are still. It is a read fitting for such a weekend, to show how the spouses of our military have honored our dead.

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