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Attention Wheelmen!

We will be featuring “Wheelmen Today and Yesterday” in the Newsletter. I have buy-in from Gary Sanderson as editor of the Magazine, and this is a great way for each of us to share the history of our organization from both now and then.

Do you have a great photo or memory you would like to share? If so, please consider sending in your photo and a story to the newsletter!

I would love to hear from you!

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Philip Eckman's Funeral
« on: August 07, 2019, 07:29:47 PM »
Hello every one,

I wanted to share information in regards to Philip Eckman's Funeral that is happening September 10th at Arlington National Cemetery. Philip passed away last August, but the waiting list to be buried in Arlington is quite long. Below you will find the details of the Funeral. If you have any questions please message me here, on facebook, or look me up in the Wheelmen Directory please.

Philip was a military bicycle fan and shared his passion with the Wheelmen through events, as well as the magazine. Phil attended the Rhine River tour in 1989, and one of the attached photos was taken at the 1989 national meet in Williamsburg Va.(His right side eye was black from taking a header on Century day, but he positioned himself in such a way to hide it for the cabinet card photo.)

The Eckmans have told me so many great stories about so many of you. With great sincerity, the Eckmans smiled contently as they told me about the incredible life they shared with the Wheelmen.

It would be a great honor and pleasure for any of you to attend.

Thanks so much,

Brian Birkner

We're planning to have our final closure of Phil's earthly life with his upcoming military burial at Arlington Cemetery on Tuesday, September 10.  We totally understand that a Tuesday during the work week can be difficult, so please don't feel obligated to come if your circumstances don't permit.  But if you are able to attend, we welcome you to share this day with us.

Arlington Cemetery is a hallowed burial ground for our country's fallen soldiers and has always been Dad's desired resting place. It will be a special, significant ceremony with full military honors.

Date:   Tuesday, September 10

Time:   3:00pm service;  arrive 45 minutes prior at 2:15pm

Place:  Our cars will line up starting at 2:15pm outside the Administration Building;  1 Memorial Avenue, Arlington VA 22211

* The Arlington Cemetery metro stop (blue line) is right on Memorial Avenue and just a 3 minute walk to the Admin Building.

* Also the Memorial Bridge crossing into D.C. is under construction.

* For the funeral, we will line up in our cars at 2:15, then caravan behind Dad's remains which will be carried on a caisson to his burial place. 
The graveside service should last about 30 minutes.  I believe you have the option to walk behind the caisson if you wish, but you'll need
to be able to keep up with the procession.

* The cemetery has a wonderful website with many details and a video on what to expect at a funeral. 

Afterwards, Mom would like to host all of us for an early dinner at Bonefish Grill restaurant.  The restaurant is 2.8 miles south of Arlington Cemetery, near the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (also close to the Reagan airport).  The address is:  Bonefish Grill, 1101 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202.

Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center to Bonefish Grill

Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center to Bonefish Grill
Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

Thank you so much for loving and supporting our family through the last year as we grieve the loss of Phil.  We would be honored to share this day with you!

With love,
The Eckman Family

Here are some photos of a Kennedy Eagle.

Lowell Kennedy also built Eagle replicas.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Re: Philip Eckman
« on: September 03, 2018, 12:19:04 AM »
Here is Phil’s obituary. Through the site you can share condolences, stories, and photos.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Philip Eckman
« on: August 31, 2018, 08:58:23 PM »
It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Philip Eckman of the Potomac region passed away Tuesday night. His viewing will be Friday September 7th at Alvin E Smalls funeral home in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

He was a great friend, a wonderful mentor, and a long time member of the League of American Wheelmen. He will be missed.

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