After three months it was time to make the trip to DC to bury Dad in Arlington National Cemetery. Due to the war there is a three month wait for burials. After 28 years in the Air Force he was entitled to a burial with full military honors.
During his last week with us we discussed where he wanted to be buried, when we suggested Arlington he got a sweet grin on this face and said he would like that. On January 5, 2011 Col. Ray Vitkus received a full military burial in Arlington National Cemetery. He has a beautiful view of the Potomac River and the Pentagon. This is very appropriate since he worked at the Pentagon for a number of years.
We were blessed to have so many friends and family attend the service to show their love for dad. After the service we had a reception at our old church. It was amazing to be able to see so many of our friends from years ago. There were even a hand full of people that had worked with dad or for dad over the years.
The service was perfect. The Air Force honor guard did a wonderful job. It was very moving. The 21 gun salute and playing of "Taps" was very emotional.