End Of Ban On Media Covering War Dead Returning

A solemn ceremony in Delaware has marked the end of a nearly two-decade ban on news coverage of returning U.S. war dead.

Members of the media watched Sunday night as the remains of a Virginia airman killed in Afghanistan returned to Dover Air Force Base.

The family of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Va. agreed to have the media coverage but declined to be interviewed or photographed.

An eight-member team wearing white gloves and camouflage battle
fatigues carried Myers' body off of a military contract jet.

The 20-minute ceremony was mostly silent, with only the clicking of camera shutters and the barking of orders for a military salute.

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  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Apr 7, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    I have miced emotions about this, It does show the REAL cost of any war, and maybe that in a perverted way is good. I am glad that it's up to the family and know the military will honor those wishes. But I believe the current administration has other goals in mind with this new ruling. I have now doubt that the obama admin wants to berate the military any way possible. Thsi is one of the only segments of the government that the president is going to make deep budget cuts in. Buzz-
  • by Rob Location: NC on Apr 6, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    Joseph Goebbels once said "It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” I agree with both annoymous posters. It's time that this country dealt with reality instead of lies, deception, and an atmosphere of fear and consumption. There are those who use this country's two biggest theatrical props, the bible and the flag, to make their point. Flag draped coffins don't phase me one bit. It's reality. Deal with it. The world makes much more sense when you do.
  • by Alex on Apr 6, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    I haven't heard neo-con is a while. But now we are stuck with a not so new socialist. Great trade.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt County on Apr 6, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    lm: You do realize that it is up to each family whether or not they wish to have media there, don't you? I agree with first anonymous poster, welcome back to reality, America. There is no free ride neo-con chicken-hawks. By the way, before I get called out by such "patriotic", flag-waving chicken hawk: U.S. Army vet of Desert Storm; spent my time during this in both Kuwait & Iraq.
  • by lm Location: nc on Apr 6, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    This ban should never have been questioned at all. These families deserve the privacy and respect in the loss of a loved service member. This shows the ultimate sacrifice that these military people give to ensure the freedoms of our country. The least this country and the media can do is to stay away from these processions in honor and respect to them and their families.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    Good. Time to bring reality back the American lexicon.

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