Families gather here to observe military honors for their loved ones

It was short service, filled with long pauses, accented by the gentle flutter of Old Glory. The military send-off held Monday afternoon at Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza attracted a small, but thankful crowd. According to Sunnyside VFW Post #3482 Commander Bill Ingram, the service was held to give Sunnyside veterans the military type service many may never have received at the time of their death. Among those who were honored Monday was the late Daniel "Scott" Zyph, who served in the U.S. Navy. "He didn't want a (funeral) service," noted his wife, Violet Zyph of Sunnyside. She and her son Karl Zyph, also an ex-Navy man, were grateful for those who arranged yesterday's ceremony. "But I think he would have liked this," she said of the military final rites. Also honored was longtime Sunnyside optometrist Jack Hale, who died this past January. "Dad would have loved this," said his daughter, Cheryl Lindsley of Grandview. "Doc" Hale was a huge history buff and was able to trace his family history back to the American Revolution. "This is the kind of thing he would have really liked," agreed Hale's daughter, Jean Grubenhoff of Sunnyside. "We really appreciate the fact this service was held," said Lindsley. - Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com


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