Bedford Co. Man Laid to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA - A pioneer in military broadcasting was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday.

Colonel Robert Cranston passed away in February at the age of 93. The Bedford County man had a long career which included serving in World War Two.

Nearly nine months to the day of his passing, Colonel Robert Cranston has made it to his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

Following a chapel service, the Army's 3rd U.S. infantry regiment, known as "The Old Guard" carried Colonel Cranston's urn to the grave by horse-drawn caisson.

The firing party fired three rifle volleys.

Taps were played followed by the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" playing America the Beautiful while the flag was folded.

The flag was presented to Colonel Cranston's widow Sandra.

The service ended with the sound of bagpipes.

After the graveside service, a reception was held at the Officer's Club for Colonel Cranston's family. They were joined by some of his former colleagues at the Pentagon. Col. Cranston retired from the Pentagon in 1982 and moved to Smith Mountain Lake.