By your own account he was a great man, and has left a wonderful legacy. He loved God. He loved his family. He served his country with honor. And he was obviously well loved and admired for the man he was.
I remember bawling like a baby when they handed my grandmother the flag. It's a completely natural reaction to the symbolic gesture honoring a great man.
May he rest in peace, and may God grant you comfort as you grieve your loss.
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