Kays-Ponger & Uselton Family of Funeral Homes and Cremation Services held an appreciation luncheon today to honor those employees who have served our nation. We currently have 17 veterans working in our funeral homes and memorial park. Thank you for your service.
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When you choose a Life Celebration, you will work with our trained Certified Celebrant. Our professional Certified Celebrant will schedule a special family time to learn more about your wishes and your loved one, including their career, hobbies, interests and attitudes. He or she will then help you develop a celebration theme based on your conversation to provide a meaningful Life Celebration.
Slain troop’s dog lies by casket during funeral service
Source: Navy SEAL’s Dog Mourns Master | NBC San Diego
The dog of slain U.S. Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson refused to leave his side during his funeral on Friday.
This heartbreaking photo taken by Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton, shows the SEAL’s dog Hawkeye lying by the casket.
Pembleton wrote on Facebook that Hawkeye was Tumilson’s loyal pet who wouldn’t leave his master’s side during the funeral in Rockford, Iowa.
“I felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members that couldn’t make it or couldn’t see what I could from the aisle,” Pembleton wrote.
Tumilson lived in San Diego for eight years before becoming a member of SEAL Team 6.
A memorial fund has been set up in his honor and donations can be sent to Frogman 238 Memorial Fund at:
First Security Bank and Trust
201 West Main Ave.
Rockford, IA 50468
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is a Federal holiday to commemorate U.S. soldiers who have died while in the military service. The holiday was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War. After World War I, it was extended to honor all American who have died in all wars.
General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868. It was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. May 30th was chosen as the official date because it was not the anniversary of a battle.
Memorial Day grew across the nation. There were events in 183 cemeteries in 27 states in 1868. By 1890, all northern states recognized the holiday. Memorial Day was officially declared by Federal law in 1967. Under the Uniform Holidays Bill enacted in 1971, the date changed from May 30th to the last Monday in May to create a unified holiday weekend.
The original tradition of Memorial Day is still observed, although Americans have added traditions over the years. Many visit cemeteries to attend memorial services and place flowers on graves. American flags are flown at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Americans have adapted the observance of the long holiday weekend to have picnics, family gatherings, shopping, and barbeques. The Indianapolis 500 has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. The legendary auto race runs on Sunday preceding Memorial Day.
To help remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed in December 2000. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 pm local time. The resolution asks that at 3 pm local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps’.”
Featured Guest Speakers and Participants:
• Purple Heart
• Charlotte County Veterans Council
• North Port Boy Scout Troop 157
• Rotunda West Honor Guard
• Marcella Brown, Vocalist
• Ladies Auxiliary Post 10476
• Lemon Bay High School NJROTC
• The Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force,
Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and POW will be represented
When: March 24th
Where: Lexington Manor
20480 Veterans Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Time: 2:30 – 4:30
2:30 pm New Flag raising by the VFW of Port Charlotte
2:45 pm Reception begins for our honored guests and their families
3:00pm ‘Pinning Ceremony’ Recognition & Honoring of the Veterans*
3:30 DAVE ROCKOW – Port Charlotte Veterans Services
1. Aid & Attendance
2. Burial Benefits for Vets
3. Other VA Services Available
3:45 DAVID OROSZ – Elder Law Attorney & Accredited VA Attorney
1. How to protect you from the Catastrophic Cost of Long-Term Care
2. How to safeguard your assets
3. Medicaid & VA rules & regulation for the transfer of assets
4:00 ED DEROSE – Registered Financial Advisor
1. No Cost Assistance in applying for VA Benefits
2. How proper planning can preserve your assets from the cost of
3. Don’t wait until it’s too late – Start planning NOW !!!!
4:15 David Obermier – Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
1. The Financial Benefits of Preplanning
- The Blood Mobile will be on site. Please consider Honoring a Veteran by donating the much needed “Give of Life”.
- Have your portrait photograph taken in front of the American Flag. So please bring your barrette, or whatever you wish to display in the picture. You’ll be given a FREE 5×7 photo .. suitable for framing.
Please R.S.V.P. by Friday .. March 18th .. 941-766-7991
Tidewell Honors offers special recognition to veterans in the form of a unique “pinning ceremony”. Veterans receive a special certificate of appreciation and a unique Hospice/Veteran Partnership Pin, which will be presented by a current or former serviceman or woman who has been specially trained as a Tidewell Veteran Volunteer. The ceremony is an exciting way to recognize veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
We will pin any veteran, regardless of combat duty or not.
- Keep traditions that your loved one started, and that you can continue. This is a way to help honor your lost loved one on Thanksgiving.
- Try to establish new traditions. You can include a new activity that everyone enjoys. Grief can have a unique way of giving us the opportunity to evaluate the parts of the holidays that are enjoyable and those that are not.
- Give thanks for the time you had with your loved one. While saying what you are thankful for, share that you are thankful you had your loved one in your life.
- Talk about your loved one with friends and family. Thanksgiving can bring your family and friends together. Share your memories with them and encourage them to share favorite stories as well.
- Do an online tribute for your loved one. Click here to light a remembrance candle:
- Chat online about your loved one. Join the conversation at Beyond Indigo’s Message Forum: http://forums.grieving.com/
- Light a candle for them. In addition to lighting a candle online, you can have a remembrance candle lit on your Thanksgiving table.
- Remember to take care of yourself. Thanksgiving marks the start of the busiest time of year. Take time now for yourself by going on a long walk, listening to music, and getting enough sleep.
What are ways you have been able to remember your loved ones on Thanksgiving? How have you been able to cope with grief on this holiday?