Thursday, March 17, 2011

Details for the Funeral

Hello everyone. We thought it would be helpful to share details for Billy's funeral and related events.  Anyone is welcome to join us for any of the following events.

In Memory of WO William McCotter

Billy's Viewing
Monday, March 28, 2011
Murphy Funeral Home
4510 Wilson Boulevard.
Arlington, VA 22203

Billy's Funeral
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA

Billy earned the privilege of having a full honors funeral and burial in Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).  General information regarding funerals at Arlington can be found here.

The ceremony will begin at the Old Post Chapel.  Information regarding the full honors chapel service can be found here.  (Note:  These are instructions written for the religious officiant, but they are generally helpful for everyone who will attend.  Also, if you click the links, you will see diagrams which are helpful if like visuals.)

After the chapel service, everyone will process to the graveside for an in ground burial service.  Billy will be buried in section 60, which is quite distant from the chapel, so you may wish to drive to the graveside.  A map of ANC can be found here.  (The chapel can be found on the upper right portion of the map, and section 60 is in the center, toward the bottom.  Information regarding the full honors procession and graveside service can be found here.  (Note:  Again, these instructions are written for the religious officiant.  Also, the acronym OIC stands for "Officer in Charge.")

A note on time...  Every day, there are a large number of funerals in Arlington.  The funeral service will start promptly on time, and will proceed quickly.

A note on gates and security...  Arlington National Cemetery is a military installment.  As such, there are procedures and expectations regarding security, and your vehicle will receive an inspection when you enter the base.  If your vehicle does not have a DoD (Department of Defense) sticker, enter Ft. Myer via Hatfield Gate or Wright Gate.  You will need a government-issued ID for every adult in the vehicle.  Allow plenty of time for the inspection.  If you are planning to join us for the reception following the funeral, be sure to get a funeral pass from the guard so that you can return to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.  (Note:  Passes are color coded; they are only good for the day they are issued and must be returned to the gate guard upon re-entry.)  Then, ask the guard at the gate to direct you to the Old Post Chapel.  

Hosted by the McCotter/Bohren Family
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Ft. Myer Officers' Club
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
(Hors d'Oeuvres, Beverages, and a Cash Bar)

Cooter's Memorial Bar Tour
Organized by Nate
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Including the following locations:
The Front Page
Tortilla Coast
Cantina Marina
The Rocket
McFadden's or Murphy's
...more to follow
**Look for the event on Facebook.


  1. I send my heart felt condolences to you and your family, for your loss is shared by a fellow warrior. Although I never met Billy, I shared a few similar events and struggles. It was a pleasure and an honor to have followed him in my prayers and through this set of postings. And now I will hold you, his survivors up in prayer, for peace, comfort, compassion and understanding.
    KM Keys STGCS(SW) USN (ret)

  2. Always thinking of you--remembering Billy and continuing to pray for you and your loved ones. I still keep your page in my sidebar blogroll honoring your brother.


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