A chilly, rainy November day greeted the family members, friends and colleagues who gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to pay their last respects to Lt. Col. Juanita Warman on Monday.
Warman was one of 12 killed on Nov. 5th after a gunman opened fire at the Fort Hood military base in Texas.
A horse-drawn caisson carried Lt. Col. Warman's body through the cemetery, where she was laid to rest with full military honors. Soldiers handed the flag that had covered the caisson to family members, whose eyes matched the damp weather.
Warman was from Havre de Grace, Md., where she worked as a psychiatric nurse. Before joining the military, she worked her way through the University of Pittsburgh. In a Facebook message posted before she was killed, Warman said she "loved the Army and loved her family very much." Warman was preparing to deploy to Iraq while at Fort Hood.
Warman is survived by a large family, including two daughters, three step children, six grandchildren, and a husband, who described his wife as an extraordinary woman and a good soldier. She was 55 years old.