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But they knew this: He deserved a dignified goodbye

A WWII vet’s body lay unclaimed at the morgue

canada goose outlet new york city Nick Addams (left) and and Bill Sheppard (center) attend the memorial service they arranged for their neighbor, World War II veteran Andrew Moore, 89, at Arlington National uk canada goose Cemetery. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) canada goose outlet new york city

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Instead, on Friday, Moore was given a hero’s sendoff at Arlington National Cemetery. canada goose A uniformed honor guard escorted Moore’s flag covered remains. In place of a silent goodbye, a bugler played taps and three volleys of rifle fire marked his passing.

canada goose outlet store How was a lonely man diverted from the oblivion of a potter’s field for the glory of his country’s most hallowed resting place? It was the work of a family Moore may not have known he had: the residents of State House, a post WWII apartment building at the edge of Washington’s Embassy Row. canada goose outlet store

His neighbors in that vertical village didn’t know much about the affable old timer who smoked on the front steps. But they knew this: He deserved a dignified goodbye.

World War II veteran Andrew Moore, 89, died in Washington in Canada Goose online December. His neighbors in his apartment building arranged for a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. (Family Photo)

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“I offered to replace his AC unit once, and he said not to bother,” said building engineer Damian Greenleaf, canada goose coats who took a half day off from work to attend Moore’s funeral at Arlington. “He said, ‘Don’t bother, I prefer the breeze.’”

It was Bill Sheppard and Nick Addams who spearheaded the effort to make Moore’s funeral something more than minimal. The two single retirees count themselves among the State House’s “sociables,” those residents who make a point to chat in the lobby, to pierce the urban anonymity of a busy city dwelling.

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Moore was a sociable, too. That’s how they pieced together bits of his history: a stint in the Navy, dispatched to the Philippines; a few years in the Coast Guard. He had worked at a federal warehouse and then Canada Goose sale for an insurance company, maybe as a janitor. For a man who loved to gab and could delay the mail carrier with a half hour of football talk, he didn’t share much about himself.

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Bill Sheppard places cremated remains in a niche following the memorial service for veteran Andrew Moore at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

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Moore’s health faded in recent years, as did his memory. He began to call Nick Addams “Calvin” for unknown reasons.

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“Mr. Moore was a very strong willed character, canada goose clearance and he was having none of it,” said attorney Charles Fitzpatrick, who served as Moore’s guardian. “I was dubious, but I really admired the fact that he was able to do what he wanted to do.”.

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