This is my dad's marker at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
It's funny. When I was making the arrangements for my father, even as I asked for advice, people told me that I could do whatever I wanted to do. Then, they second guessed every one of my decisions. Even when it came to this headstone, they thought that it was too simplistic. Even now, I think it's perfect. Military man was his primary identity, and I can't think of a better dad. Even though I was his only child, he was a father to just about everyone he encountered. Calm and patient. Always teaching. Always dependable.
So here's to you Dad, to you and all your compatriots on Memorial Day. May your efforts and sacrifices never be forgotten.