I know that not everyone has a Paypal account. I got out of my stupor and found an address for the EOD Memorial
EOD Memorial Foundation
1611 Myrtlewood Ln,
Niceville, FL 32578
Mike’s graveside gathering was beautiful. Most of the EOD Battalion was in attendance as well as EOD from Peterson AFB and a few Marines.
There is a woman near Pueblo that has a horse drawn hearse whose use she donates for military burials. Bobbi and I rode in it to the burial site. The military followed with friends and family behind them.
Although I am agnostic I felt it fitting to have the BN Chaplain say a few words. He did an excellent job. I HAD to say a few words. My comments were that if I’d ever been given an order blank to fill out listing what I wanted in a child, that Mike filled the bill. Of course he was a slob with his personal belongings and personal space but that was Mike. I was a luck mom.
Then there were military honors. I’d never seen it before. The ritual of opening and closing the flags was impressive. (Johnny Lyons took some pictures.) Larry was honored as well during this ceremony. When the flags were presented to me I asked that Donna Peckham (Larry’s sister) receive one.
When the service was over everyone headed back to the parking lot to head to work or to my house for a celebration of life. I’d asked Chris Millward if he’d give me a ride home (in his 2002 yellow vet). I’m so glad I did because he was going to leave with all the soldiers. And I wanted to walk back with them. The best was yet to come. Chris and I were standing about 100-150 ft. from Mike and Larry’s urns. Each EOD tech went up to Mike’s urn and placed his or her badge on the table. Initially there was a little glow as the sunlight reflected off the silver badges. It continued to glow as more and more were added.
If I had not wanted to walk back with the men and Chris I would have missed that.
I enjoyed the celebration of life get together at my house. Mike’s friends (Alex, Adrienne, Johnny and Vannessa were able to talk to the EOD techs that came and share a side of Mike they were unfamiliar with. Just as the techs showed Mike’s friends a side they didn’t know. That was needed.
Thank you all for the good wishes that you’ve been sending my way.