Archive | June, 2010

Army Correcting Problems At Arlington National Cemetery|Your Funeral Guy

30 Jun

The United States Army is correcting  Problems at Arlington National Cemetery, The Secretary of the Army is before the House Armed Services  Committee today talking about the steps he is taking to correct problems with 211+ Graves, a lack of computerized records and old headstones found in a stream near the cemetery.

Auditors are being called in to assess problems. There will be a massive effort to computerize records, something that should have been done years ago. ANC’s problems may be an easy government fix compared to the other problems that are facing the Nation. Still, to redoing the entire Arlington National Cemetery Systems may take years.

Fixing incorrectly marked and improperly located graves and designing a new and effective management structure has been the priority at Arlington National Cemetery since the Army announced earlier this month it had been neglected for years.

On Wednesday, Secretary of the Army John McHugh is expected to tell a House panel that the new management team he installed is in the midst of correcting some of the high-profile problems, while Army auditors prepare for a massive undertaking in rehabilitating how the cemetery catalogues and keeps track of graves and burials. The overhaul is expected to take years, according to Army officials not authorized to speak publicly ahead of McHugh.

via www.cnn.com

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Worlds Largest Funeral Corporation Forcing Strike,Lockout by hiring armed Guards?|Your Funeral Guy

30 Jun

The Worlds Largest Funeral Corporation May be forcing a strike in The Chicago Area by hiring armed Guards. This is just plain crazy.

On June 28, SCI hired a security firm and posted guards outside of its funeral homes, which has raised concerns among the Teamsters that the company plans to lock out employees. The contract expires Saturday at midnight but SCI has offered to extend it for one day.

via www.prnewswire.com

The breakdown of Negotiations and a contract and strike vote at the Union appears to be what has happened. Union Picket Lines and armed Guards at Funeral homes in ChicagoLand?

Service Corporation International rejected federal mediation with Teamsters-represented funeral home employees before making their final offer on Tuesday.

A federal mediator offered to mediate the dispute between the Chicago-area Teamsters and Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI) just hours before a strike vote loomed.

SCI had yet to make its final offer.

‘Is there any clearer indication that the company wants to force a strike?’ said Teamsters Local 727 Secretary-Treasurer John Coli

via www.www.istockanalyst.com

This is an incredibly bad situation for the funeral home employees and Funeral Consumers in the Chicago Area. Service Corporation International may be taking this course of action to take matters beyond strike and force the union out of their Funeral Homes! Service Corporation Funeral Homes operate Under The Dignity Logo.

Folks in the Chicago Area will know the outcome on this one shortly.

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Senator Robert Byrd Funeral| In Lieu of Flowers Send a Donation Here

30 Jun

In the matter of the Senator Robert Byrd Funeral In Lieu of Flowers, send  donations, or memorial contribution  here:

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to The West Virginia Council of Churches, 2207 Washington Street East, Charleston, WV 25311. Make checks payable to The Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund or the Humane Society, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. Arrangements by Murphy Funeral Home of Arlington.

Published in The Washington Post on June 30, 2010

via www.legacy.com

Go Ahead now Send a donation to one of the charities  the  family  requested.

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White House: Obama| Biden to Attend Senator Robert Byrd Memorial Service |yourfuneralguy

29 Jun

The White House has Issued a Press Release stating that President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden will be attending the Memorial  Funeral Service for  Senator Robert Byrd in  Charleston, West Virginia on the morning of July 2nd 2010.

Just as predicted here the announcement came soon after Official Funeral Arrangements were made. The Memorial service is also being billed as a Celebration Of Life.

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2010

President Obama, Vice President Biden to Attend the Memorial Service for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd

WASHINGTON- On the morning of Friday, July 2, President Obama and Vice President Biden will  attend the memorial service for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd in Charleston, West Virginia.  More details will be available in the coming days.

via www.whitehouse.gov

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The president will probably speak(does he go anywhere without speaking?) and C-Span will cover it live.

DC, Charleston Funeral Processions|Details for Senator Robert Byrd|Your Funeral Guy

29 Jun

At 9:45 a.m. on Thursday July 1st 2010, the hearse carrying Sen. Byrd’s body will arrive at the Senate steps of the Capitol.

9:50 AM on Thurday July 1st 2010 The casket will be brought up the steps into the Senate chamber, and will be placed upon the catafalque that was first used for President Lincoln’s funeral in 1865 by an Honor guard.

10:15 am until 3:45 p.m., the public is invited to the  United State Senate Chamber Galleries to  pay their respects.

4 p.m  on Thursday July 1st 2010 -Senator  Byrd’s Casket  will  taken out of the  United States Senate Chamber to a hearse and move in procession to  a departure  from Andrews AFB.  Arrival time in Charleston, W.Va., is 5:50 p.m a Yeager Airport .

In Charleston  West Virginia a procession from Yeager Airport will take Senator Byrd past  the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse to the State Capitol, where the casket will be moved to the Capitol Rotunda.

9 p.m. Thursday  to  9 a.m  Friday there will be a public viewing in the West Virginia Capitol Rotunda Charleston,WV.

Between  11:30 a.m-12.00 AM  Friday, July 2nd   A MEMORIAL SERVICE will take place in The Capitol Rotunda in West Virginia.  The casket will be removed  from that location at 4pm

11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6,  the Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Va.will host Senator Robert Byrd’s Funeral   It is open to the public.

The address of The Church is: 3455 North Glebe Road Arlington, Virginia

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Senator Robert Byrd Funeral plans revealed|Your Funeral Guy

29 Jun

Some of the Funeral plans for Senator Robert Byrd have been revealed. This a partial list of funeral arrangements.(updated Tuesday June 29th at 4:30pm)

Thursday, July 1st 2010

Visitation,Viewing, Lie in State ” US Senate Floor”   Time 10 AM to 4pm

Chaplain Prayer in the Senate Chamber  Time 10:30 AM

Closed casket with honor guard

Public allowed in the Galleries of the Senate Chamber.

Thursday Evening Senator Byrd’s Body will Be taken to the West Virginia Capitol Rotunda where he will lie in State.

Friday July 2nd, 2010

Memorial Funeral Service In West Virginia, Friday

Time: 11:00 AM just after 12noon at West Virginia Capitol Rotunda

Tuesday July 6th 2010

Funeral in Arlington, VA open to the public

Private Internment

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Senator Byrd Funeral Lie in State In Senate Chamber Thursday, July 1st |Your Funeral Guy

29 Jun

Senator Byrd will Lie in State in the Senate Chamber on Thursday.  It is being reported that he will  NOT lie in  State the Capitol Rotunda.

“The body of West Virginia Democrat Robert C. Byrd will lie Thursday in repose in the Senate chamber, where he served for more than half a century.

Law enforcement officials and a Senate aide said Byrd’s casket will lie in repose in the Senate chamber, rather than the Capitol Rotunda.

There is ample precedent for such ceremonies, but none has occurred since North Dakota Republican William Langer’s funeral in 1959, according to the Senate Historian’s Office.-.google.news

Senator Byrd served in the US Senate Chamber for 51 Years and is the longest Serving US Senator in American History.

Robert Byrd Died Early  Monday Morning. Some Funeral Arrangements have been made.

Sen. Robert Byrd will join Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy among historic figures who have lain in state in the Capitol Rotunda — an honor bestowed upon only 28 other Americans over the past 160 years.

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Here is a list of the Recent Senators who have lied in repose in the Capitol.

Here is a list of the last Five United States Senators to lie in State in the US Capitol

Borah, William E.                  Idaho                      January 22, 1940

Sheppard, Morris                  Texas                      April 10, 1941

Harrison, Byron P.(Pat)         Mississippi              June 23, 1941

McCarthy, Joseph R.            Wisconsin                May 6, 1957

Langer, William                 North Dakota              November 10, 1959