"I Didn't Blaze A Trail - I Buried My Husband."
January 30, 2011 5:46 AM Subscribe
posted by BZArcher (23 comments total)
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John Fliszar had a heart attack in 2006 and was rushed to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
“When I was in the emergency room with him, he asked me to promise him, if he died, to make sure his ashes were interred in the Naval Academy,” said Mark Ketterson. “He loved that place. He very much wanted to be there.” The memorial coordinator asked about his relationship to the deceased. Ketterson said that John Fliszar was his husband.
I'm incredibly touched by the class and grace shown by the Academy, their alumni, and the USNA-Out groups in supporting Mr. Ketterson, and I think his final words in the article sum it up:
“I am a patriotic American, but I know this is not a perfect world,” he said. “The point is, when the chips are down, when the issue was patriotism and honor for a veteran, they were wonderful. Whatever their private feelings, they made me proud to be an American. We really do get it right sometimes.”