It’s always hard to say goodbye to a loved one especially when they’re the one who helped you throughout your entire life. Not only head your hand but pushed you in the right direction and helped you become independent.
Commander Alberto Carandang was that man. He not only helped me growing up, he helped everyone around him. I didn’t know him as Doctor or Commander. I knew him as Ninong or Uncle. A loving husband and father and a sailor of the United States Navy. Not only a sailor but a Commander within the USN who assumed command of USNS Mercy which helped fulfill his dream of helping those in need.
So, in this time we don’t just mourn the loss of a loved one. We celebrate the life of this fallen shipmate who dedicated his life to his country and served with honor, courage and commitment to excellence and the fair treatment of all.
A few photos from CDR. Carandang’s burial ceremony.
Top: His wife, also Navy CDR. Estilita Carandang walks behind her husband one last time.
Right: Pallbearers carry out CDR. Carandang to his final resting place with Navy Honor Guard saluting.
Left: Air Force Honor Guard stands at attention ready to fire three volleys into the air.
Bottom: Navy Honor Guard marches into position for the playing of Taps.
Played this song on a little kiddie set with my cousin playing it on acoustic guitar.
For a small kiddie set, it sounded great. I was just afraid that I would destroy the drum kit with my massive foot and how hard I was hitting the drum heads and crash cymbal.