ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - The strains of "Garryowen" echoed across Arlington National Cemetery Nov. 9, as friends and family gathered to say goodbye to one of the Golden Age of Hollywood's most iconic leading ladies.
"In honor of Maureen O'Hara, our very own," the pipe major of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band of Chicago said as the first notes of the refrain sounded.
Maureen O'Hara died Oct. 24 at age 95 and was laid to rest two days before Veterans Day alongside her husband, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Blair, who made the first fighter jet crossing of the North Pole in 1959. An eight-member Air Force honor guard carried her remains to the gravesite near Arlington House under a gray, Virginia sky.
Fr. Gerald Weymes presided over O'Hara's funeral Mass at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia and at the burial service at the cemetery.
Born Maureen Fitzsimmons Aug. 17, 1920, the red-haired Irish-American actress was best known for her roles in "Miracle On 34th Street," "The Quiet Man," "How Green Was My Valley" and "McLintock!"
Other Hollywood notables who are buried at Arlington include Jackie Cooper, Charles Durning and Lee Marvin.