Thursday, December 20, 2012

PFC John Scott Van Dyke, United States Army Veteran

John Scott Van Dyke passed away on September 24, 2012 in a traffic accident near Springtown, Texas.  Aged, 29.

John had proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Iraq war.  He had been medically retired from the Army.

After his retirement, he became active with a church in Lampasas,
Texas.  Among his works there was helping staff the church fireworks stand.

An inurnment service was held on October 4 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.  In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders, who formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter to honor this veteran of war.

The minister of the church spoke of John's activities at the church, of how John had served his country.  He told the gathering that Scott loved to laugh, and that his children were the apple of his eye.  He described that Scott had faced adversities, and wondered why did he die so young.

The minister read various passages from the bible, including Proverbs Chapter 3, verse 5.  "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;  and lean not unto thine own understanding."

He concluded his remarks by leading the family and friends in the Lords Prayer and told them, "please don't cry, we'll meet again some day."

The United States Army Honor Detail afforded full military honors.  The detail of six rifles, standing on the hillside above, fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country.  The Army bugler played taps.

The American flag that had rested next to the cremains, was carefully unfolded, and refolded into a tight triangle and passed to a Non-Commissioned Officer.   He presented that flag to Scott's father, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for Scott's honorable and faithful service.

Folded flags were also presented to each of Scott's children, as their mother looked on.


PFC John Scott Van Dyke  was then laid to rest, in a special burial area, on the sloping hillside as the American flag flew at half-staff, in his honor, at the top of the hill.

1 comment:

  1. Scott Vandyke was a close friend. I was at the memorial service too. thank you for posting this.