Memorial Services & Burial at Sea Codell McCann

Memorial Service at Peace Lutheran Church June 7, 2014

AAA Charters had the honor of making the memorial arrangements for 30 year Air Force Veteran
Codell S. McCann Sr.
Sunrise November 3, 1938 Sunset January 16, 2014
The McCann family & friends gathered from points throughout the country to unite on the Alabama Gulf Coast this week to honor the passing of their beloved Codell “Mac” McCann with a memorial service in the sanctuary of Peace Lutheran Church in Gulf Shores, AL. The family shared stories, words of encouragement, joined voices to sing “This Little Light of Mine”, and viewed a moving slideshow his daughters created to memorialize the life of their father.
McCann Memorial Service Peace Lutheran Church

Air Force Honor Guard Flag Service, Gun Volleys, & Taps

Following the church service, the family gathered at the Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Garden, where an Air Force Honor Guard was prepared to honor this highly decorated war veteran. TSgt McCann’s military honors included Bronze Star Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal among many others.
The Honor Guard began by unfolding, and folding an American Flag.
Honor Guard Flag Service
Honor Guard at Garden
Honor Guard Open Flag
Once the flag was folded, and held by a solider at attention in front of the next of kin, the other members of the Honor Guard moved to the field behind and fired three volleys each. The youngest in the family watched a bit amazed by the ceremony.

Honor Guard Volley
McCann Kids at Honor Guard Services
Once the sound of the volleys faded, a lone soldier on the other side of the field began playing taps.

McCann Family gathered at memorial garden
The folded flag was then presented to Ralph McCann, the eldest son.
Honor Guard Folded Flag

Following the services at the church, the group lined up in vehicles for the 11 mile procession to SanRoc Cay Marina in Orange Beach to board a charter boat for a burial at sea.

Codell McCann’s Charter for a Burial at Sea along his favorite beach

The McCann Family chartered one of the larger boats in the charter fleet, known as headboats or party boats, that could accommodate the group of 40 for a 2 Hr. Burial at Sea. Mac was fond of the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama and the family requested to ride 3 miles offshore along these sugar white sands to spread his ashes. This burial at sea cruise gave the family to opportunity to continue to mingle together in the peaceful setting of a sunny day on the Alabama Gulf of Mexico shores to say their final farewells to a man they love.
Burial at sea cruise heading out from Perdido Pass in Orange Beach AL

burial at sea Alabama Coast

Final Farewell for Codell McCann to spread his ashes along coast of Gulf Shores, AL

Anthony Brown's niece enjoying the cruise of the burial at sea

Anthony Brown’s niece on deck for the burial at sea for a life long family friend.

AAA Charters can be trusted to arrange respectful memorial services and burials at sea for your loved ones. Call 251-609-2525 for details about the possibilities for creating your ideal final farewell.