October 10, 2006
“Awarded to Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., for his haunting, behind-the-scenes look at funerals for Colorado Marines who return from Iraq in caskets.” Click for the series:
Rocky Mountain News, Marine Honors
Rocky Mountain News – Final Salute
A very fitting award for a series of photographs and story chronicling the sadness and honor bestowed on a fellow Marine by his comrades as they help his survivors through the grief and sadness of losing a loved one to war.
While the deaths of our Service men and women have been used by the anti-war crowd to further their agenda, seeing one death so honored fills this old Viet Nam Veteran with pride. Pride in country and our Military.
With all of the anti-Americanism once again filling our airwaves and press, to see that there are still young people who share the sense of duty and honor many of us felt long ago as we enlisted and were sent off to a far away land to fight for freedom, gives me hope for our country in the face of all those who would tear it apart and destroy the greatness that America is.
These photos depict a camaraderie few outside of those who have served can understand. We veterans do not feel we are Heroes, the Heroes are those who have fallen.
Semper Fi, Marine
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Posted by Lew Waters at 10:51 PM