A respectful tip of the hat to John Holley, who has changed things for the better. When told that his son’s body would be returned from Iraq in the most “expeditious” way (meaning in the cargo hold of a commercial airliner), John Holly wrote to his congressman.
An honor guard from son Matthew Holley’s unit at Ft. Campbell, KY, was on hand in San Diego for the arrival of the body. Persuaded by Duncan Hunter, a Republican Congressman from California, Congress passed a law that requires the remains of miltary service personnel to be flown on a military or military-contracted aircraft with an escort and an honor guard. Commercial airliners are now used only if requested by families, or in cases where the remains are sent outside the United States.
Now, says Pentagon spokesman Maj. Stewart Upton, “regardless of what the reality was, there was a perception there that the proper respect was not being provided to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. That is no longer a question.”
I am grateful for this new law, but I remember a story that assures me that respect was being accorded before the change. To refresh your memory of the story, visit this link:
One more thing before I sign off–I’m typing this on Monday night, and about to go put on the coffee for my book club. But already I foresee a problem. We read a literary book this month, and I’ve already heard from at least three women who couldn’t get through it. Sigh. I found it slow in the beginning, gripping in the middle, and weak at the end. And no, I’m not going to tell you what book it was, because I have resolved never to diss authors in public. (I feel their pain.)
So . . . I’d better make that coffee STRONG.
DANA–what cool news about your church. Hubby and I were thrilled to read of your Easter service.