Friday, February 3, 2012

A Hero Laid to Rest

Sargent First Class Charles Edwin Cordle, Hero! I just love this picture of my dad, so much so I blew it up and put in the hall we had our reception. The service was absolutely amazing, The United States Army Color Guard did thier thing with absolute dignity and honor. The gun salute, although we knew it was coming, was behind us and we didnt know when it was coming (it scared the crap out of me). Thats when I really lost it for a few minutes, and that was followed by the bugler which was touching. Reverand Padgent delivered a positive and hopeful message that reminded me that the Sarge would be with me always in spirit while he is resting in the Kingdom of Heaven.

This has been the most rollercoaster ten days I can remember. From the news that dad was going on Hospice with weeks to three months left to being gone four days later to all the arrangements to the things that werent perfect that had to be fixed. In the end today was perfect, an incredibly honorable way for a great man like the Sarge's life to be celebrated. In this ten days I was really able to work on building my relationship with my sister which was great. I am so grateful she has been here this past week because I could not have done everything that needed to be done without her.

I an so greatful to all the wonderful folks who have showm me and my family so much love this pask week, words will never describe how much it has helped.

I guess there isnt really anything left to say about this, so I think it would be right to let a hymn close out todays post


  1. That's what family is all about... Holding each other through the tough times as well as the triumphs. Your Dad was an incredible man, and I know he was so proud of you and the man you've become.

    Big hugs xoxo

  2. Those rounds made me jump, too! I wasn't expecting it then; had planned on videoing TAPS and wasn't ready for it, so I only managed to record the last few bars of the song and bugler:( Amazing Grace is a song that popped in my head during the service...I wanted to sing it! Dick has already requested it be sung at his service.

    Your family is well loved. Hold on to those thoughts. Big hugs, honey...

  3. You all are loved. Each an every one of you because tiny pieces of your dad are part of you! wrap yourself in the love from all around. It will help get you through this difficult time.

    Big hugs, dear Chuck...

  4. sending hugs and prayers your way. In some way you went threw the easy part. The hard part is getting back to day to day without him there.