Frances Darlington Lamberti (1925–2016)

May 25, 2017

A rainy day at Arlington National Cemetery, 25 May 2017

Major Frances Darlington Lamberti, USAF was laid to rest in Section 12, Grave 5289.

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I have attended a number of funerals over the years. I have been to Arlington National Cemetery a number of times over the years, for various reasons. My family and I buried Americus Lamberti (1917 – 2012), 2nd Lt, US Army, in 2013. This one was very different.

Because she was a Major, we had a Band, Escort, Caisson, Body Burial Team (6), Firing Party, and a Bugler. I am sure that my Aunt probably didn’t want all of this, but the United States Air Force honors their members.

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There was a light rain when we started. The transfer from the car to the Caisson was our first stop.

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The band was near by as the transfer was made.

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In boot camp, I was in the US Coast Guard Band at Cape May, New Jersey, so I know what being in the band, playing in the rain is like, but certainly not at this sacred place.

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Beautiful animals.

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Stop number 2. Transfer from the Caisson to the burial team for the burial. (note, the rain had stopped)

Lt Col John L Elliott Jr. Chaplain, USAF was the Chaplain for the service. The service was probably the way Aunt Fran would have wanted it. Short and to the point, with full honors. (sorry, no pictures)

We then took the remains to the burial plot, to put her with my Uncle Max, and her twin sons, Dwight Strode Lamberti, and Mark Darlington Lamberti (31 Jan 1967).

A special Thank You to Mary, our Arlington National Cemetery Representative who took all of the stress out of the day. We knew exactly what we needed to do, where and when.

And to Jean Anderegg, our Arlington Lady, representing the US Air Force.

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There is a “rest of the story” here.

When I was much younger, and a Boy Scout, we learned how to fold the American Flag, I remember teaching younger scouts how to fold the Flag. That helped when I was in the Coast Guard, I have folded a couple of flags, but not the way it’s done in Arlington.

When I arrived, Mary took my Aunt’s Flag because she had to “refold it” the way the Air Force Burial Team wanted the flag folded. Interesting.

When Colonel Elliott greeted us, I asked about that. What I learned was that each Service has their own unique ceremony and flag folding routine. I did not know that.

This experience was very different for the other funerals and events I have had at Arlington. I have seen the bands and caissons before, but being 1/2 a car length behind the Burial Team is very different.

It was a honor for me, to be part of this ceremony to Honor my Aunt Fran (Frances), my mothers sister, with full United States Air Force Honors.

Thank you for your service. You are with your family in Our Nation’s Most Hallowed Ground.

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Frances Darlington Strode Lamberti (1925–2016)

August 3, 2016

Today, we lost Frances Darlington Strode Lamberti. She and I always had contact on OUR Birthdays, hers the day before mine, like my Brother and our grandmother.

A week or so ago, she had fallen and broken her hip. She was back for Rehab before she returned home. We later learned that she had other medical issues, so today was “almost” a relief. I am only sorry that I wasn’t able to get to see her one more time.

She was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. She loved San Antonio and her time in England.

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This picture was taken in August 1952, San Antonio, Texas.

A couple of years earlier, she is with her two nephews in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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That is in the back yard at her parents home.

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In 1953 (same place), “The Lieutenant and her Boy Friends”

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And for my Mother, her sister, and Father’s 60th Wedding Anniversary 17 Jul 1999.

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Very sad, that I didn’t have a better picture of her, by herself.

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Louise and Henry Worthington’s 60th Wedding Anniversary
July 17, 1999


A Find-A-Grave Experience

June 24, 2013

I am not sure how I feel about this:

On Thursday, I am going to Arlington National Cemetery for the burial of my uncle, Americus Lamberti (1917 – 2012). We knew he was going to be buried there, just not when. We have been in contact with Arlington and the funeral home. On Saturday, we received a call from the funeral home and checked the Arlington National Cemetery website to get the information that we knew would be posted there.

I decided to go to my uncles file in my genealogy database program and there was a shaky leaf. Now I know I haven’t followed all of them, and hadn’t looked at Uncle Max’s profile for a while. The first HINT, from Ancestry, was to their index to Find-A-Grave.

It looks like the funeral home created the memorial in Find-A-Grave 2 days after my uncle died.

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Since I have been to the twin’s plot, took pictures, I checked to see if I have posted the pictures on Find-A-Grave. I had not. Took care of one of the twins and I realized that the second twin was not listed. Took care of that, with a picture. Will post a picture of Uncle Max after the service on Thursday.

I have seen conversations, in blogs and online, about how quickly information is posted on Find-A-Grave. I now “get it” and what that means. His obituary was online, on Find-A-Grave 2 days after he died, a memorial was created on Find-A-Grave, but he won’t be buried for 4 more days. Also, it was picked up by Ancestry.com and I had a shaky leaf.

Now if some of our other ancestors would show up that fast.

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