I did good till the honor guard gave me the Flag. Sentimental fool I am I blubbered like a child then.
Military did a excellent job, crisp, synchonized movements. I spoke to them before they unloaded the casket, they would not look at me, nor answer me. I thanked them all anyway.
I inherited a flag and a goverment model 45. Seems Dad paid a enourmous sum of $112? for it. That was when people made .50 a hour in the foundry.
A "Cofer" from the 101'st came down to oversee the service. He is a machinist from Northern Tennessee. I invited him down to play with my cnc/shop, he is out of touch a tad on modern machines, his eyes went a hue when I told him of our HOME shop projects, a sparkle came up.
Cold blue eyes, His son is in Iraq. Seems he is a good man.
I will have to build a case for the flag, and the 200 year old indian blanket I got. I suck at working wood into pretty things. Hell I suck at making pretty metal tools too. I make them to use.
THEY sell for $250 on ebay, seems to be a good thing to make for people and sell. Just taking them around the funeral homes would be all right.
[This message has been edited by David E Cofer (edited 08-17-2001).]