Flags and Flowers
Grand Island, Neb. native and Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes was given a proper burial at the Grand Island City Cemetery after his remains were discovered and identified 72 years after being killed during World War II Battle of Tarawa in Tarawa, Betio, Kiribati. Geddes casket was taken from Apfel Funeral Home to the cemetery by an original 1872 horse-drawn hearse with full military honors by Detachment I Maintenance Co. Combat Logistics Battalion 451 USMC of Omaha, Neb.
Detachment I Maintenance Company Combat Logistics Battalion 451 USMC Marines from Omaha, Neb are casket bearers for Pvt. Dale R. Geddes. The Marines transport Geddes casket from an 1872 horse-drawn hearse at Grand Island City Cemetery in Grand Island, Neb. Bill Baasch, left, and Derek Apfel, right, stand on either side.
Family members grieve during the graveside funeral for Pvt. Dale R. Geddes as the USMC color guard folds a flag draping Geddes casket during a graveside funeral at Grand Island City Cemetery.
First Sgt. Christopher Westbrook of the USMC takes a knee while presenting an American flag to Pvt. Dale R. Geddes eldest niece Shirley Nelson during a graveside service honoring the fallen solider who was killed in action during the Battle of Tarawa in World War II.
The Grand Island Fire Dept. flies a flag from the top of a ladder engine in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes on the funeral procession on Stolley Park Rd.
Todd Elliott, left, Ralph Zavala and Linda Elliott arraign flowers and a portrait of Pvt. Dale R. Geddes at Apfel Funeral Home Monday. Linda Elliott is Geddes great niece.
A sign in a lawn says welcome home Marine Pvt. Geddes in front of a home along the funeral precession of the late Geddes who’s remains were recently identified and brought back to his hometown of Grand Island for a proper burial.
Dave Davis, a Vietnam Veteran, and his service dog Dakota stand outside Apfel Funeral Home as Davis posts an American flag in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes.
Chaplin Richard Piontkowski rides next to Brent Jorgensen as he drives two Clydesdales down W. Koenig St. with the body of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes in an original 1872 horse-drawn hearse in Grand Island, Neb. Geddes remains were identified after being discovered 72 years after being killed in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. The precession started at Apfel Funeral Home with a final resting place at Grand Island City Cemetery. Art Anson, who’s father Bernard Hanson was a WW II veteran holds a flag as the hearse passes.
A silhouette of Patriot Guard Rider Larry Blauhorn appears through an American flag Blauhorn is posting in honor of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes.