New York State Funeral Directors Association

(July 12, 2019)  Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) stand at parade rest during a burial at sea ceremony. Burials at sea are performed on naval vessels for service members from all branches and their dependents who wish to have their remains committed to the sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Donald R. White Jr.)

Smoke from the funeral volley lingers and the sound of bag pipes fills the humid air.

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) observe a moment of silence as they commemorate fallen service members and their families during a burial at sea.

Editor's note: Despi Gallas shared this poem which she wrote after the death of her Dad, Father George X. Gallas, a WWII Veteran and pastor of several churches.


Leaves changing color
The sands of time running
Beautiful colors, matching the kaleidoscope
of your being.
Slowly drifting away, like the warmth
of the Season.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


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