Saturday, December 10, 2005

In Baggage Claim the Poppies Blow 

Our distinguished colleague John Aravosis at AmericaBlog informs us that the Bush administration, in a characteristic show of respect for the troops, has taken to shipping dead servicepeople home . . . as freight:
Dead heroes are supposed to come home with their coffins draped with the American flag -- greeted by a color guard.

But in reality, many are arriving as freight on commercial airliners -- stuffed in the belly of a plane with suitcases and other cargo.

John Holley and his wife, Stacey, were stunned when they found out the body of their only child, Matthew, who died in Iraq last month, would be arriving at Lindbergh Field as freight.

"When someone dies in combat, they need to give them due respect they deserve for (the) sacrifice they made," said John Holley.

John and Stacey Holley, who were both in the Army, made some calls, and with the help of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, Matthew was greeted with honor and respect.

"Our familiarity with military protocol and things of that sort allowed us to kind of put our foot down -- we're not sure other parents have that same knowledge," said Stacey Holley . . . .

Reporters from 10News called the Defense Department for an explanation. A representative said she did not know why this is happening.

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