State provides veteran a final salute

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My husband, Elmer Lee Pittman, passed away in 2016. He had donated his body to the Brody School of Medicine. Last year the school completed its studies and cremated his remains.

We went and picked up his ashes not knowing then about the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro. The family had planned to spread his ashes in coastal waters. The our daughter heard about the veterans cemetery.

We were assigned a very nice man, a veteran and a reverend, Harmon Smith, to help us plan a service in memory of Elmer and to make a place for Elmer’s ashes their among a lot of other veterans. His name, birth and death dates, branch of military overseas duty tours. all this information on a marble slate is now in the veterans cemetery.

The North Carolina National Guard presented me with the flag that had been flying in the breeze during the service. The National Guard also played taps and performed a rifle salute.

Elmer was recognized for his duty to his country. He loved the Army and retired from the Army. So many people participated in Elmer’s service and we are so glad for all the recognition for him. He would have been pleased had he known.

Ann Pittman