Having never before been in Panama, we took several pictures of the area that were on display at the airport.
Chris had made arrangements for everyone to stay in the same hotel close to Arlington, so we could easily do things together during our stay. We enjoyed seeing all our kids and spouses, and most of the grandkids, Chris and Linda and their kids and grandkids, and Aunt Pat, Aunt Lois, Meredith, and other cousins, nieces and nephews. It was a marvelous opportunity to be together with family to celebrate the great life of Allan.
The first day there we went with several of the family to the Washington D.C. Zoo.
The swimming pool at the hotel was a popular place to hang out for all the kids.
The actual funeral ceremony was just amazing. The hearse arrived, and the soldiers transferred the flag draped coffin to the caisson.
The riderless black horse with boots facing backwards was escorted through the procession.
When the procession arrived at the grave site, the soldiers removed the casket from the caisson and carried it to the location where the family gathered for the funeral ceremony.
Pictures of the family at the grave site: first Heidi and Chris, then all the grand kids of Allan, and then many of his great grand kids.
Ashley, who works for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, arranged to give those interested a tour of the Pentagon.
The day of the funeral was warm and sunny, but the next day was cold and rainy. Still we enjoyed visiting some of the war monuments in Washington D.C.
We then were able to have a safe flight back to our mission, where we call Gramado our home.