Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Honoring Uncle Reuben

Shane and I were able to go out to California for Uncle Reuben's funeral this past weekend. (Thank you Aunt Marilyn!) It was such an amazing time and I am so happy we were able to go. We were there for the beautiful ceremony at their church and then after that we went to the cemetery where he was to be buried. I think that was the most special part for me. It was a military cemetery and 6 marines carried the coffin to the site. The Major escorted Marilyn and we all walked behind them. The marines all saluted the flag that was draped over Uncle Reuben's coffin. There was so much honor and respect given by these young men who didn't even know him. After they folded the flag and each saluted it again, the Major got down on his knee in front of Marilyn and thanked her for her father's service to his country and said how sorry he was for her loss. It was so moving and so special! Everyone was in tears. We all saluted the flag as they played the military taps and then they did a 21 gun salute. I only knew Uncle Reuben for a little over 10 years but he was a great man and and he made my life better for knowing him. 
 These Marines came to the church to pay their respects.
 Justin, Joel, Jon, Josh, Rich and Shane carrying the coffin into the church.
Sabrina made this poster of Uncle Reuben. 

After both ceremonies we had a great time being with all the family. So many people that we hardly ever get to see! We stayed up late talking and having fun. The next morning Shane, Joel and I woke up early and went to see Isabelle play soccer. So much fun!! She was awesome and did amazing. :) Then we went to brunch at this place in Old Town Pasadena. It's called Barney's Beanery. Kind of a hole in the wall sports bar but seriously...the best omelette in the whole world! I don't even like eggs and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this thing since we went! If you ever go...get the California omelette...A-MA-ZING!! :) know me and my food. It makes me very happy. :) Speaking of happy...we also went to In N Out, Chipotle, Del Taco and Thrifty's for some ice cream. :)
The best combo ever! 
I also snuck in a super quick visit to see my best friends brand new baby. So cute!! 

1 comment:

Kirk said...

I had meet your Uncle Ruben but, unfortunately, never had the opportunity to talk to him at length or get to know him. His service to our country was amazing and I would have been honored to attend his funereal. I'm very glad you and Shane had the opportunity. Love you. Daddy