Historical Things and Stuff
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Department of Defense, via thememoryhole.org/Associated Press An undated photograph released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows the flag-draped coffins of U.S. war casualties arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Updated | March 19 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that the Pentagon would pay for families to travel to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware if they want to be present when the body or remains of a loved one is returned from war. Mr. Gates announced last month that the Pentagon was reversing its longstanding policy of barring media coverage during the repatriation of fallen soldiers at Dover.
The ones who are and the ones who have gone before. Today and every day I think of you, what you are doing, what you have done, what you have been, what you have built, what you endure, what you represent, the good that so many of you have done and continue to do, the pain that so many of you have borne and continue to bear, the guilt and sorrow that are poor reparations for going to do what you were told was right and proper. Whoever you are, whatever your sex and race and sexual orientation, wherever you've served, whatever is laid to your account, I wish you an end to pain, good years on this earth, full nights of real sleep without dreams, and the comradeship of those who learned the same truths as you. I wish you respect from your community, service from the government that promised to help you in return for hard work at thankless jobs, and promises kept. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
They too needed emancipation... --Ulysses S. Grant