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Military and Mariner Tributes

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Having served in World War II on the USS Columbus, my dad was a proud Marine, and the military honors at his recent funeral were befitting.

We further commemorated his love of the sea at a Mariner’s ceremony. A cannon shot commanded attention, followed by the lowering of the Meric burgee and the American flag to Taps. Finally, his great-grandchildren rang the imposing brass bell eight times, signifying the end of one watch and the beginning of the next, with closing words: T. Sellers Meric. Departed.

Both the Mariner’s and Marine ceremonies were testament to a life well lived.

– Betsie GambelGambel Communications, The New Orleans 100

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