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Friday, February 12, 2016

The Circle of Life

Today we witnessed the circle of life.  One life comes into the world another leaves.  Today our 16th granddaughter was born.  I don't even know her name yet but she is beautiful.

This is such a miracle.  To look into the eyes of this little one just come from heaven to such a tuff world.  She must be extra special to come at this time.

We were also invited by Ann Santini to the grave side ceremony at the Arlington Cemetery for her husband Congressman Jim Santini from Nevada from 1975-to 1983.  He was replaced by Harry Reid. It was ceremony that was so fascinating to watch and be a part of.

I love this picture of George Washington hanging on the wall in public affairs.  

Ann works in Public Affairs for the Church. She invited us to come and we went with those in the Public Affairs office.  Ben Harper. 

Aslee Berry Public Affairs.

Senator Bob Bennett from Utah.  He is living here and going to John Hopkins for cancer treatment. 

Congressman McKeon from California from 1993 to 2015.  

Elder Anthony is looking more like his father as he ages.  

Mari Earl from Public Affairs. 

Sister Mitchell Washington DC North full time missionary.  Sister to our good friends Ray and Bobby Graham. 
The senator and congressman enjoy each others company. 

Lance Walker director of Public Affairs Washington DC.

Ann Santini. 

The Pentagon is in the back ground. 

Jim Santini headstone will not have a cross on it.  It will have an angel Moroni.  

Some times you see a coin on a head stone.  I learned today what that meant.  A penny indicates that you knew the deceased, a nickel meant you trained in boot camp together, a dime signified serving in the same company, and a quarter told he family that you were with them when they died.  Apparently this tradition dates back to Roman times, but in the United States started during the Vietnam War as a way to leave messages to the family of the deceased without contacting them directly.  Additionally, sometimes coins are left as a "down payment" for the deceased, a promised to buy their comrade a drink in the after life. No matter what the original intention of the coin leaver may be, it seems clear that a coin left on a headstone is a symbol of remembrance and respect.  A way of telling all who pass by that the person buried there was loved and visited often.  

This was in the back window of a car parked by the road in the cemetery.  

On the way home I got a quick picture of the side of the Lincoln Memorial.  


  1. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!! Celebrating new life is happier than bidding a good life farewell.

  2. I saw a burial at arlington once from afar. I was in awe at the level of respect and love given. So neat you got to be so close and to be a part of this day. I didn't know that about the coins. Congratulations on another beautiful baby!!

  3. That is really interesting about the coins. I am so excited to meet my new little niece!