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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Touching Photos

I emailed this to a bunch of you, but I was so moved by it that I wanted to post it too,

Here are two pictures that were awarded first and second place at the picture of the year international this year.

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 one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit 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're going to 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
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."

The pictures just gave me chills. I see that wife lying there and my heart is just broken. I am so saddened for each and every one of these soldiers families. Let's not forget the sacrifice they are making for us each and every day.

6 comments:

Miss Kelly said...

the woman sleeping in front of her husband's coffin is sooooo sad.

Gingers Mom said...

I think so too. It seriously made me ill in the pit of my stomach. I can't even imagine...

Anonymous said...

I lay awake last night thinking of her lying next to his coffin with the officer watching over here. The picture isn't just sad it speaks a thousand words, and captures an entire story.
I couldn't help but pray for her last night, I came too close to imaging, and I thank God that he is an amazing healer!
Shan

Carolyn said...

Thanks for sharing the pics - very thoughtful images.

Carly-Ann said...

They are amazing photos. The first one had me staring for about five minutes. Thanks for sharing.

Trailady said...

How very, very touching!!!