VFW sets vigil and flag presentation for Emul
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3457 will hold a vigil and flag presentation when the remains of Marine Lance Corporal Adam Quitugua Emul arrives at the Francisco Ada International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 10.
VFW members, families and friends led by Post Commander Mariano Fajardo will stage the vigil and flag presentation at the exit intersection of the airport.
As the remains of Emul passes the group, the VFW will dip the services flags and present arms.
“The VFW wants to express its appreciation for our fallen comrade's ultimate sacrifice. We will miss him dearly and he will never be forgotten,” said the VFW in a statement issued yesterday.
The VFW invites the entire community to join the vigil.
“Please be at the airport at 2:15pm. We ask that you bring flags and banners to be raised as the remains pass by. We also encourage participants to bring refreshments and umbrellas, in the event of inclement weather,” the VFW statement said.
Vehicles are to be parked alongside the road, facing the remains and its entourage. “We ask all participants to also turn on their blinking lights.”
The Department of Public Safety will be on site to direct traffic.
Prior to this, there will be a reception for Emul's remains inside the airport that will be limited to family, friends and selected officials.
Emul was killed in action on Jan. 29 in Al-Anbar, a province in Iraq.
Emul's memorial service will be held on Feb. 13, starting at 6am at the Nuestra Senora Dela Paz Memorial Chapel. The funeral cortege will proceed to Mt. Carmel Cathedral at 7am where a Responsorio Service, holy rosary and a public viewing will be held.
At 11am, a Mass will be celebrated, followed by interment at the Veterans Cemetery at 12 noon.
Adam, who was supposed to celebrate his 21st birthday this March 7, was from Tanapag.
Emul is the fourth soldier from the CNMI killed in Iraq. Sgt. Yihjyh “Eddie” Chen, 31, was killed in 2004, while SSG Wilgene T. Lieto, 28, and SPC Derence Jack, 31, were killed in Iraq in October 2005.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
If you do one thing this weekend...
Posted by Bucky Taotaotasi
...go to the airport at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon.