“Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been
The memory shall be ours”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Last Watch was created to honor our Military Heroes and their families. The Owner and President, Pat O’Connor is a Viet Nam veteran serving our great country as a leader of Green Beret units through the U.S. Army Airborne Special Forces. He wanted to ‘give back’ so established a pro-bono Military Burial service with the scattering of ashes at sea for all Military branches and their families. We have learned that we are the only organization in the United States to honor our service members in this way.
We were awarded through the state of California the status of a non-profit, public service, charitable trust by the Attorney General and Secretary of State. We are so blessed to be able to help so many families in their time of great need. It is also a great blessing to be able to serve our country by helping all members and families of the Military.
Pat’s father was a communications officer in the Merchant Marines during WW 2. He also taught at the Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, Long Island. For generations, many members of his family have proudly served.
Let us be honored by calling us in such a difficult time such as the loss of a loved one. We will arrange for a full Honor Guard with a flag folding ceremony, 21 rifle volley, and the playing of taps. After this ceremony, we will board our boat and go out to sea for the loving and honorable scattering of ashes. This is followed by the ringing of the ship’s bell (Eight Bells) signifying ‘The Last Watch’ by the deceased for our gracious country before returning to port. The Honor Guard Ceremony followed by the time on the yacht ‘Orion’ lasts about two and one half hours.It is such a dignified and loving way to honor the hero in your life. All of this is supported by donations that extend to helping another military family.