At 6:30am tomorrow morning, Andrew will fly to Washington D.C. and meet up with his dad and brother Johnathan. They will be attending the burial service at Arlington National Cemetery for Colonel Gerard Thomas Armitage, of the United States Marine Corps.
This honorable man was Andrew's uncle, whom he had the opportunity to visit two Summer's ago, just a few weeks before we got married. Pops and Andrew flew to Florida to visit with his Uncle Gerry and Aunt Emily. Andrew gave him a U.S. flag that he had brought back for him from his time served in Iraq. Uncle Gerry shared lots of amazing war stories with Andrew and his dad. It is a blessing that Andrew has that memory with his uncle.
Uncle Gerry enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in March, 1939, commissioned in February, 1942. During World War II, he participated in operations at Guadalcanal, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and strikes against the Japanese homeland. During the Korean War he commanded the Marines at Bunker Hill Battle, August, 1952.
1921 - 2009