There has been an ongoing debate over whether the press should have access to the covered caskets of those troops who have been killed in action, when they return home.
It's a privacy issue for the families, and a need to know, for Americans who want to see with their own eyes the price of war.
The pictures, would be anonymous, but who decides who has the right?
Over the weekend, I watched a movie on HBO called Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon.
I cried almost the entire time. It was so touching. To see a grown man, a decorated Marine, and a veteran, feel guilty that he is not in Iraq... is something only people who have been there would understand. I got the privilege of going for 2 weeks, and from that, I feel that guilt... I can't imagine what it is like for our service members.
This movie is something everyone should see. The loyalty, respect, and dedication shown to a fallen brother, is something every American should witness. I think this is why Americans want to see the caskets, not to make a political statement, but to witness something that only someone who has served would understand.
If you have someone in your family that is, has or will serve overseas... This movie should give you comfort, that if the unimaginable should happen, your loved one will return home with dignity.
I was so happy to see the trouble that is taken, to ensure the honor and dignity of this fallen Marine, and all others who return home after paying the ultimate price for their country.
Take my advice, TIVO this movie, and watch it. I'm so happy that I did.
Here is the info, if you want to watch.