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Old 12-07-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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We buried my wife's uncle yesterday...he died one day shy of 88 years old, and other than 4 years in WWII, a farmer of the same land he grew up on. A good, honest, hard-working man.

His funeral was scheduled for 2 with burial at the little country cemetery within sight of his house.

Our town's Christmas parade was scheduled for 3. The funeral procession, led by the police (of course) left the funeral home at about 2:45, and followed much of the same route that the parade would take...it was actually kind of funny. We said the he would find it funny, too that we parade him past the parade. He'd think it only fitting that there was a parade for his funeral!

You can imagine the people out lining the street for the parade. We went past the parade staging area as well. Soooo many people out. It was touching to see how many of them took their hats off for us, you could see people shushing kids, people in uniform coming to attention.

The cemetery is about 7 miles outside of town. In the South (in most places) people driving pull to the side of the road and pause until a funeral procession is past, even along the 4 lane highway we were on for a small portion of the trip. No law to do so, but nearly all do out of respect. I think in the entire trip to the cemetery I saw one car that we met that didn't stop, and he was just kind of creeping along as if by going slow no one would notice.

It's nice.

Just another small, every day reminder of the small pleasures of small town living. Most folks got to see two very different kinds of parades yesterday!
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