Thursday, December 15, 2011

Random photos

We had a unexpected death in the family that caught every one by surprise these are just some of my favorites from Doug Crouch's service. It was great to have an honor guard and to hear Taps being played by a young gentleman.

The history of Taps follows

"Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night.

"Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

"Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night."

"TAPS is the most beautiful bugle call. Played slowly and softly, it has a smooth, tender and touching character. The bugle call was written during the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War by General Butterfield, with an assist from his bugler, Oliver W. Norton, in 1862.

"TAPS" went on from its origin as an alternative to "Lights Out" to become not only a signal that day was done, but also to say good-bye to a fallen comrade.

"TAPS" is customarily played at funerals at Arlington national Cemetery as well as at ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns there.

Its composer is buried in the Post Cemetery at the United States Military Academy at West Point (even though he did not graduate from the Academy).

On Thanksgiving we decided instead of eating pumpkin pie we would go out and blast the left over pumpkins from the garden.
I shot a gun that was a little bit loud a little bit scary and I little bit fun. I hit my target at 240 yards. First time shooting a big gun like this.
I also took out some of my Dad's guns and gave them a try.
I'm not a fan of guns but it was a nice day to be out doing something different than adding unwanted pounds to my all ready round frame.
Love Noah and his wooden shot gun learning gun safety .


Vickers said...

Only out on the West, in the tops of the mountains can you whip out a big gun like this and shoot to your heart's content. Impressive.

Sorry to hear about Doug Crouch....he was a soft-spoken cousin for sure.

Anonymous said...

you have a spaghetti pumpkin too! See how it shreads like spaghetti?

Still waiting for Santa pictures...Too lazy to look at my own!


Yvonne said...

Goose bumbs and tears in my eyes. What a respectfull ceremony. Sorry for your loss.

tiffany said...

Whitey, so sorry for the loss of such an obviously loved member of your family. Big hugs to you, my friend.

shana said...

I love that you shot pumpkins. That's awesome. What fun memories you created with your family!