Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank you.

This touched me so deeply. I cry every time I read it. How grateful I am for the freedom that I have! This freedom that is so valiantly protected by so many men and women of honor and courage. Who "more than selves their country love." "Freedom isn't Free."

International Picture of the Year. Here are two very touching photos honored this year. First Place : First Place Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News When 2nd Lt James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport , Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport , Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: 'See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home,' he said 'They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.'
Second Place Second Place Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News. The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. 'I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,' she said. 'I think that's what he would have wanted.'
Thanks Cari for sharing this with me.


Photography By Jo said...

That makes me want to cry too!

Anonymous said...

very, very touching....