Reflecting on Christmas funerals

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

To have an association with men of giant character who pass away at Christmas time and to state I knew two unsung heroes who would never want the glory that so many of today’s “me generation” crave makes me feel so lucky.

Yet knowing their modesty, I left them unsung and did not bring their names into the spotlightt to give privacy to their families.

A WWII infantrymen with a shovel had his finally “hoo-ah” at the Fish Church in Stamford. It’s just before Christmas and it’s the second funeral I’ve been to since just after Thanksgiving, when my Korean Infantrymen with a shovel passed suddenly.

Both men were combat engineers and brave, fine souls who did most proud with their earthly conduct.

With one’s WWII experiences never far from everyday life, a selfless attitude prevailed. He was always being positive with no negative comments towards others and helped promote equal rights. He showed proper conduct. He inspired selflessness and showed others what it meant to be a man.

The Korean War infantrymen with a shovel went the extra mile for others by helping Korean rock soldiers and families get to America. He lived a long life of embracing all that makes a individual a corner stone for family and community.

Yet now they’ve been taken during the holidays and I thought it felt so wrong. But then I realized, with the help of a clergymen’s comment, that what better time to go then when all the world is supposed to be in a special mindset?

Tis the season of good will towards men and peace on Earth and it is the best time to go especially when you have two comrades in arms who both built a lasting legacies of all that’s noble in man. Their memories will inspire others for years to build lasting legacy of loyalty, integrity, compassion and tolerance.

Jim C. Reilly


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