A moment from the funeral of John Helms at Arlington National Cemetery last week.
Caisson ride, 21-gun salute for a dear brother-in-arms

Just over a week ago, George Flanders, an 80-year-old Vietnam War veteran and Lancaster resident, drove eight hours to Arlington National Cemetery to bury his friend and brother-in-arms, John Helms.
Harold John Allen Helms, a retired Army colonel from Union Springs, Ala., died Nov. 14, 2017. His last wish was to be buried at Arlington among his fellow servicemen.
Almost a year later, Helms was finally laid to rest Nov. 1 among the iconic straight rows of white markers, in a ceremony with full military honors.


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