Check out this Washington Post article on the plan to lift the 1991 ban on media coverage of American flag draped coffins arriving from overseas at Dover Air Force Base.
My first instinct was to say, “Good for us.” Despite the legions of US families touched by military service and the realities of war, I think so many of us are still quite distanced from what it means to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of our country. Perhaps it would not be such a bad thing for us to absorb those images of flag draped coffins…reiterating the sacrifice that is going on overseas on our behalf. Perhaps it would encourage a few more Americans to write to their own congressmen and congresswomen with the plea, “Please bring them home.”
Writing from a mother’s perspective, however, and with children who will not be of military service age for quite some time, I can’t help but wonder: how would a mother (or father) feel about knowing their son or daughter’s final return home was captured on film? Would they feel like their child’s death-in-service would somehow be slightly vindicated? Would media coverage of their son or daughter’s casket bring honor, or a sense of intrusion?
I’m curious to hear feedback on this issue. My mind is still not completely made up. (Liz, what does Greg say about this?)