Monday, May 25, 2015

A final train excursion

On Memorial Day , everyone here at the Northwest Railway Museum honors, remembers and respects all those who lives were given in the service of our Nation.  This Memorial Day, the Northwest Railway Museum had the honor of providing a last train excursion for the memory of Marine LCPL Adam James White (ret.), who passed February 14, 2015. 

LCPL AJ White spent his senior year of high school in the Puget Sound area, and graduated from Skyline High School in Sammamish.  AJ enlisted with the Marine Corps in 2008 and received a medical discharge in 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in Iraq. He passed suddenly on Feb 14, 2015 leaving his wife Jessica and 3 small children, Addison, Mackenzie and Camden.

AJ's grandfather was a railway conductor who instilled a love of trains in him.  He received a military funeral at Marion National Cemetery in Indiana, and during the service, family and friends heard a train whistle blow in the distance. His aunt Rebecca McCauley appreciated that the Museum was operating Memorial Day trains and wanted to honor AJ with a Memorial Day train ride.  She arranged for a photo montage of the Marine to be placed in the window of Spokane, Portland and Seattle Coach 218.  That 1912-built coach carried the memory of LCPL White and traveled to and from Snoqualmie Falls on the last train of the day, Monday, May 25, 2015. 

Marine, thank you for your service to a grateful Nation. To LCPL AJ White's family, our sincere condolences for your loss.

2 comments:

Dana Repp said...

Cpl. White: thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. And NWRM thank you for honoring our fallen.

Jennifer said...

-I was reading this article and was touched by the train whistle in the background. My father worked for the SP&S from 1936 through his retirement in 1975. He became an engineer in 1940. During his graveside service in 1984 a train whistle blew in the distance...letting us know he was home.
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