I have been on Kodiak the last few days preparing for our bear hunting expedition. The memorial service for the two Coast Guardsmen who were murdered recently was open to the public so I attended. It was a great ceremony with lots of support from the community and base.
I also attended the transfer of the caskets from the chapel to the C-130 today. It was a beautiful day, as if Alaska herself wanted to give a proper send off to the fallen Coast Guardsmen. A bald eagle circled overhead, the sun was shining, and the hillside is starting to green. A family of Sitka deer waited patiently across the street from the chapel.
A sad day to be sure, but also a day to think and reflect.