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AR April 3rd, 2008 05:37 PM

Missing Man
As Luanne pointed out after we visited together, there are many poignant things at Arlington Cemetery. Several times a year we're reminded of an amazing thing that happens there that few people get to see. When a high-ranking Air Force officer is buried there, they have four jets do a missing man formation above the grave. The planes come screaming toward the cemetery at low alitiude in a diamond formation, and when they get there one of them peels off the formation as the "missing man."

Their flight path invariably takes them virtually directly over our house after they complete the trick, and it happened again just a little while ago. Three planes in a tight triangle with the fourth one just beginning to catch up to the formation after having veered away over the grave.

Whenever I see it I always stop what I'm doing. For all I know it could be a 95-year-old general who died in his sleep, but I still find this tribute amazing.

Very moving.

mehawk April 3rd, 2008 06:10 PM

It brings goose bumps to me. That roar is the sound of FREEDOM!

Inis46 April 3rd, 2008 09:18 PM

Several years ago, the traveling Vietnam Memorial was here in Franklin, NC for several days. At the end of the closing ceremony, they had 3 very large helicopters from the National Guard do the "missing man" formation. I'll never forget hearing the turning blades of the approaching helicopters and just as they appeared in front of us, one of them pulled away. There wasn't a dry eye around and I still get chills whenever I think of that moment.

Luanne Russo April 4th, 2008 09:51 AM

It is indeed a beautiful ceremony, that should make everyone have a deep feeling of sadness and pride.

Having spent most of my adult life around the military, I have seen this preformed many times.

It still brings tears to my eyes.

AR I asked Jim if he would like to be buried at Arlington, and he said no.

I think he thought they would make him drive one more time. LOL

Hope you are well!!


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