Monthly Archives: November 2013

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

I was asked by our World War II veteran friend Albert Baxter to photograph the burial of his wife of 62 years, Lisa Baxter on November 25 at Arlington National Cemetery.  I drove to the Demaine Funeral home at 11am and a small group of us headed to the Memorial Chapel at Fort Myer.  After meeting with the base Air Force chaplain in the library, we had a service and some touching words about his German wife Lisa by Albert.  Air Force members took the casket from the hearse and army servicemen took the casket into the chapel. After the recessional we drove to funeral site in the cemetery where the chaplain completed the ceremony and participants laid a rose on the casekt.  Many of Albert's family were in California and could not make it to the funeral, so he wanted to share the photographs with them. We ended the day with some tasty food at the Spates Community Center...

Beware Typhoon Charity Scams

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IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Relief of Typhoon Victims

IR-2013-90, Nov. 15, 2013 WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. On Nov. 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan – known as Yolanda in the Philippines – made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage. Following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations. The IRS cautions people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips:
  • To help disaster victims, donate to recognized charities.
  • Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Some phony charities use...

Last Honor Flights Chicago and Texas Completed

Barbara and I attended the last honor flights for Chicago and Austin on October 30 and November 2, respectively.  The Chicago honor flight had over 90 WWII veterans and the Austin one had 34.  But both were equally expertly organized by their groups and every one of the veterans and their guardians had a great time.  I have to go through hundreds of photos to complete the photoshows of these two events....The Chicago Honor Flight is now online! See my photography or Military tab for the link to view....