Work­ing to­gether for a fit­ting trib­ute

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On Fri­day, Dec. 16, it was 16 de­grees when I got ready to walk out of the house to say good­bye to a very dear friend who was be­ing hon­ored at Chel­tenham Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery.

Frank Vev­ers had re­tired with over 30 years as a U.S. mar­shal bomb tech­ni­cian. He was also a Viet­nam vet­eran and a fire­fighter with the Al­len­town Fire De­part­ment be­fore join­ing the Air Force. He was a mem­ber of the Me­chan­icsville Moose Lodge and the D.C. Ram­blers Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

I would like to ex­press my ad­mi­ra­tion to all the po­lice of­fi­cers from all the dif­fer­ent de­part­ments who es­corted the pre­ces­sion to Chel­tenham from Hunt Funeral Home in Waldorf. Over the years, I have also helped es­cort many fu­ner­als with the D.C. Ram­blers Club, Blue Knights, Le­gion Riders, Hog chap­ters and even the Pa­triot Guard Riders into Ar­ling­ton, which was an honor for me to do. Most are as­sisted by dif­fer­ent po­lice de­part­ments through­out the years.

Due to the cold weather on Dec. 16, I did not ride my bike that morn­ing, but I have never wit­nessed one done with such pre­ci­sion and with great co­or­di­na­tion among the dif­fer­ent de­part­ments. There were the sher­iff’s of­fices from Prince Ge­orge’s and Charles coun­ties, the U.S. Park Po­lice and oth­ers. There were 12 mo­tor­cy­cles and five other ve­hi­cles do­ing the es­cort up to Chel­tenham.

The most mov­ing mo­ment for me was when all 12 mo­tor­cy­cle of­fi­cers blocked the south­bound lane on 301 fac­ing south with all their lights on un­til the pro­ces­sion pro­ceeded across U.S. 301 into the ceme­tery. In talk­ing to the mo­tor men prior to the pro­ces­sion, they didn’t even know Frank was a U.S. mar­shal.

Thanks, guys, what a trib­ute for Frank. He would have loved it. I know I did, and so did his fam­ily and those who were there to wit­ness it. Done by the men in blue and in dif­fer­ent col­ors, too, work­ing to­gether.

Hans Svane, Waldorf

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