Ira Gunn Memorial Service Photos

On a brilliantly sunny and unseasonably warm Monday afternoon in mid-April, more than 200 people attended the Military Funeral and Memorial Service honoring Lt Col Ira P. Gunn, CRNA, MLN, FAAN, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Family members, friends, military dignitaries, and many nurse anesthetists who knew Ira simply by name and legend, all came to pay respects to this remarkable pioneer and leader of the nurse anesthesia profession.
 
At Jackson Circle, the cemetery’s western-most point, soldiers in dress uniform placed an urn bearing Ira’s ashes in a flag draped casket on a horse drawn caisson. From there, led by a color guard, marching band, and military dignitaries, the celebrants proceeded down Wilson Drive, turned right on Memorial Drive, and gathered at the Nurses Section of the cemetery. The funeral was highlighted by the ceremonial 21-Gun Salute, the playing of Taps, and the folding and presenting of the American Flag to Ira’s family members. The celebrants then returned to the entrance of the cemetery and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, where a service in remembrance of Ira was conducted.

It was a stirring and well-deserved tribute to an icon of the profession
 
​Photos below are from the Memorial Service at Arlington National Cemetery, April 16, 2012.
 

Photo by Christopher Bettin, MA

Photo by Christopher Bettin, MA

Photo by Christopher Bettin, MA
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Photo by Christopher Bettin, MA

Photo by Christopher Bettin, MA

Photo by John Fetcho, CPCU, ARM

Photo by Christopher Bettin, MA

Honorary Pall Bearers
Left to right: Lt Col Paul Austin, CRNA, U.S. Air Force (ret); Lt Col Susan Perry, CRNA, U.S. Air Force; Col Bruce Schoneboom, CRNA, U.S. Army;
LCDR Jason McGuire, CRNA, U.S. Navy; Major General Gale Pollock, CRNA,
U.S. Army (ret); Lt William Rolfes, U.S. Navy.

Photo by Christopher Bettin, MA

Photo by John Fetcho, CPCU, ARM

Photo by John Fetcho, CPCU, ARM

Photo by John Fetcho, CPCU, ARM