Skip to comments.Byrd to be buried at (an) Arlington cemetery (Columbia Gardens)
Posted on 07/06/2010 2:59:16 PM PDT by Libloather
Byrd to be buried at Arlington cemetery
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Updated: 12:08 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Family, friends and employees paid last respects Tuesday to Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
His casket was carried into Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Va., by a military honor guard, and a line formed for the late morning service in this Washington-area suburb. A single red rose, a spray of white ones and the twang of a bluegrass banjo were in the midst as mourners gathered inside a church.
The 92-year-old Mr. Byrd, who died last week, was to be buried later in the day at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, which is near Arlington National Cemetery, next to his late wife Erma.
Mr. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat who served half a century in the U.S. Senate, died at a hospital in Fairfax, Va. Tuesday's service and burial were the culmination of a week of memorials that included his time lying in repose in his beloved Senate and a memorial in West Virginia's capital of Charleston.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
ARLINGTON, Va. Family, friends and employees went to the nation's most hallowed burial grounds Tuesday to bid farewell to Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
Buried with his sheets on?
How many Klansmen will show up?
From the Washington Post:
"Byrd said in the Dec. 11, 1945, letter -- which would not become public for 42 more years with the publication of a book on blacks in the military during World War II by author Graham Smith -- that he would never fight in the armed forces "with a Negro by my side." Byrd added that, "Rather I should die a thousand times, and see old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.."..."
“Columbia Gardens Cemetery”
Do they have a Klan section?
Byrd should be cremated on the White House lawn.
Is that the “Whites Only” section?
Just as long as he didn’t purchase the plot from Bill Clinton
Remember the “Popcorn” Guy? (Orville bought a plot from Slick and didn’t get to be interned there, don’t know if slick ever returned the money)
Was this on property once owned by Robert E. Lee???
“Your requested URL was not found,” was the message I got both for your link and the headline link. So, tell me, did Byrd ever serve in the armed forces?
Didn’t he die a few weeks ago or something? I think it took forever for James Brown to be buried as well. What’s up with this?
He probably insisted on that.
"He did not serve in the military during the war, working instead as a welder in a Baltimore, Maryland shipyard, where he helped build warships.
Byrd commented on the 1945 controversy about racially integrating the military. Byrd, when he was 28 years old, wrote to segregationist Senator Theodore Bilbo, of Mississippi, vowing never to serve in such a military:
"Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."
He had earlier written "I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side".
Yes, it was confiscated by the then Head Quartermaster of the Union army whose son had died in a battle in which Lee was the Commander of the Confederate forces.
Yes... Hallowed Ground, by any definition.
I have zero respect for these lowlife political phonies, and they will burn in Hell for what they've done to America.
Politicians: Once in Washington, always in Washington. They won’t even go home when they die.
That would be a huge disservice to the Black Patriot.
Generally I agree with you.
Still, I consider every death a loss, even those of our enemies. Before anyone flames me, I think I have a good reason for this: once dead, a person cannot be redeemed.
But then, this isn’t about morals or philosophical nonsense. This is about the passing of Robert Byrd, proud icon of the liberal ideal.
To whom will they turn next?
No, Byrd worked in shipyards in Baltimore and Tampa during World War II, which raises a couple of interesting points:
First, how did a young man, supposedly in prime condition, avoid military service during the war? In the various articles I’ve read about Byrd, there is no mention of his draft status, or any physical conditions that might have disqualified him. Indeed, welding in a shipyard is hard work; if Byrd could handle those conditions, I’m guessing he was fit enough to serve—but didn’t. Remember, this is the same guy who derided George W. Bush as a “desk bound” president.
Additionally, the war years mark the same period when Byrd was most active in the KKK. We know he organized a chapter back in West Virginia, but what about his time in Tampa and Baltimore? I’m guessing that Bobby had some interaction with the chapters in those locations as well, but (naturally) the MSM never bothered to inquire about that chapter in “Sheets” long life and career.
There are two things that Byrd did that were at least outwardly subjective:
1) He always spoke on the Floor with a copy of the U.S. Constitution in his pocket.
2) He was a pretty eloquent speaker up to the last few years, when his age was dragging him into senility.
When the Health Care Vote was cast, he reminded everyone of "Weekend at Bernie's", when they needed EVERY Democrat vote to count.
His death is a loss to his family, but no loss to the Country that he helped destroy.
I'm sorry, but in this country today, these people deserve NO respect, nor sympathy.
Look for another "Progressive" to be moved on up, as head of the Peoples' Socialist Party.
Will the gravesite have an eternal burning cross?
There is one thing he wasn't able to name after himself-- probably because its not in West Virginia.
I’m kind of surprised he wasn’t buried in West Virginia, but I guess they figured there were enough things there with his name on them.
I don’t think he was, actually. The article says it was near Arlington National Cemetery.
And I most certainly was not arguing for him to be buried there. I disliked the man immensely, I was just stating that until death all men can be redeemed. He just never was.
I can stop being huffy now :)
It’s ok. I about lost my temper when I first read the headline. Then I realized what it actually said. I think the intention was a combination of raising our hackles and poking fun.
Not that unusal in WWII if your job was deemed necessary for the war effort. My Grandfather was drafted but was an operator in a glass container factory that at the time ran most medicine bottles in the country. His plant manager sent a letter to the draft board and kept him from being drafted becuse of his skilled job necessary for the war effort.
He is not being buried in Arlington cemetary he is being buried at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Va. Same city different cemetary.
“how did a young man, supposedly in prime condition, avoid military service during the war”
I believe that certain occupations deemed vital to the War Effort were exempt from the draft. Working in a shipyard could have been one of those jobs.
Most people are unaware that Ole Bobby was a world class banjo and fiddle player.
***Will the gravesite have an eternal burning cross?***
Put him down about 50 feet. We do not want him shpoing up to view "Twilight Eclipse!"
No West Virgin´y funerals for him. No sir.
At least it was NEAR Arlington and not IN Arlington!
No big deal. He was just trying to get elected. /Bill Clinton
The new family tombstone, erected after the death of Mary Jo's mother in December, 2007.
Added by: Geoff Wilson, 9/04/2008
Isn’t that a slap to WV! Used growing up there his whole career but he buries his wife near DC rather than home and has the same thing done for him. Atleast it will be easy to leave sheets there for him since it isn’t in the guarded military cemetery!
“Isnt that a slap to WV! Used growing up there his whole career but he buries his wife near DC rather than home and has the same thing done for him.”
Byrd, wife to be reburied in W.Va.
Published: July 6, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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