Thursday, February 16, 2006

Dignity for the fallen

This article comes from UK's own Kentucky Kernel, with more at the link.
It had been five days since Army Sgt. Paul Saylor died in Iraq. His Humvee had crashed into a roadside canal in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, and he drowned. He was 21.

Back in Bremen, the Saylors asked their funeral home director, Bill Hightower, if Paul's body could be prepared for viewing. An Armed Forces medical examiner had recommended that body not be viewed due to decomposition - but they wanted to know.

Hightower said there was nothing he could do. The body had rotted.
This isn't how we should be treating our fallen, or their families.

The family of Sgt. Saylor has set up a website, Go, read their story, and sign their petition to get mortuary facilities and proper procedures to honor our war dead properly.

by Robster @ 2/16/2006 12:22:00 AM PERMALink