Sunday, July 1, 2012

James Anderson, United States Marine Corps Veteran

James Dean Anderson was born May 12, 1940 and passed away in Central Texas at the age of 70.  James proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and achieved the rank of Corporal.

James was a valuable member of the Methodist Church and was a secret benefactor to many of its members.  He was a poet and a patriot.

An inurnment service was held on May 11, 2012 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.  In attendance were James' friends and the Patriot Guard Riders, who formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter.

The Pastor of the church that James attended said the final prayers and performed the rite of committal.

The Marine Corps Honor Guard rendered military honors.  The Marine bugler played taps.  The American flag which had rested against James' cremains was carefully unfolded and refolded into the traditional triangle.  A Senior Non- Commissioned Officer presented the flag to a family friend, as James' next of kin, a sister was unable to attend, on behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation as a symbol of our appreciation for James' service to Country and Corps.

The cremains of James Dean Anderson, always a Marine, were buried nearby as the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor at the top of the hill.

Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of his great mercy to take unto himself the soul of our dear brother here departed, we therefore commit his body to the ground;  earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust;  in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ;  who shall change our vile body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to subdue all thins to himself.

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