In an appalling, disgusting, blatently slanted manner, head stones of fallen soldiers have been embalzioned with the names of the “operations” they died in. Names like Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are boldy engraved on the headstones of fallen soldiers.
Families are supposed to have final approval over what goes on the tombstones. That hasn’t always happened.
Nadia and Robert McCaffrey, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June 2004, said “Operation Iraqi Freedom” ended up on his government-supplied headstone in Oceanside, Calif., without family approval.
Read that again, “without family approval.” Even the company that engraves headstones finds it to be too much.
The owner of the company that has been making gravestones for Arlington and other national cemeteries for nearly two decades is uncomfortable, too.
“It just seems a little brazen that that’s put on stones,” said Jeff Martell, owner of Granite Industries of Vermont. “It seems like it might be connected to politics.”
Ya think!? Enduring Freedom? More like enduring long hot dirty days in the Iraqi desert trying to avoid car bombs, suicide bombs and ambushes (the only “bush” that will even serve in the military (except Sr.)) [as an aside, if you are willing to commit other people’s kids, you should be willing to commit your own as well – perhaps first]
The next paragraph causes the vomit to rise to the back of my throat.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it isn’t. “The headstone is not a PR purpose. It is to let the country know and the people that visit the cemetery know who served this country and made the country free for us,” VA official Steve Muro said.
Come on! Made this country free for us? These “conflicts” or “operations” are stomping on the rights of countries that are no threat to us (re-read Bush’s lies on the time-table including the links to the 9/11 Commission Report )
It wasn’t until the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 that the department instructed national cemetery directors and funeral homes across the country to advise families of fallen soldiers and Marines that they could have operation names like “Enduring Freedom” or “Iraqi Freedom” included on the headstones.
More… this isn’t politics? If it wasn’t then we would have been doing it all along – not when we get into an unpopular war, when the president lied to the country about why we went into Iraq (WMD anyone?).
And to my favorite quote from the article
Mainline veterans groups are taking the change in stride. American Legion spokesman Donald Mooney said the organization hasn’t heard any complaints from its members.
Well. Maybe that’s cause the soldiers who are dead aren’t members. Neither a live nor a dead soldier can complain about his/her headstone.