April 6th, 2009
01:00 PM ET

Fallen soldier returns home

The body of Staff Sergeant Phillip Myers, who was killed in Afghanistan, is returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. This was the first time the return of the body of a fallen member of the U.S. armed forces was opened to news outlets since media coverage was banned in 1991.

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  1. Janice Holloway Picton, ON

    Canada has always honoured their late troops publicly when they are repatriated back on Canadian soil from Afghanistan unless the families request privacy. It is obvious that the Bush administration did not want the public to see the pain and suffering endured by the American troops and their families due to the mistake of going into Iraq. It always should have been the decision of the individual military families involved not the Pentagon. Many Canadians pay tribute to the deceased troops by lining the overpasses on the highway now renamed "the Highway of Heroes" as the hearsts followed by the families travelled from the airport to the coroner's office in Toronto. A special police escort leads the procession. It is all respectfully done. Why would the Pentagon not want the public to show respect to the deceased American troops and their families. It is obvious the support for the war in Iraq would have plummeted in the early stages of the war which is not what the Bush administration wanted! How could the American people have been so gullible to get themselves into another unwinable war and lose so many of their young women and men for what! Janice Holloway

    April 6, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  2. Joe Elwell

    Allowing the media to broadcast the return of our fallen heroes shows us the sobering reality of war.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  3. Ken

    Hi Anderson,

    As a Canadian who has witnessed many ramp ceremonies for fallen soldiers in Afghanistan, I think it is right for the nation as a whole to reflect on the deep loss felt by the deaths of young men and women in the defense of liberty and freedom.

    These men and women paid the ultimate price and Canadians as a whole honor their sacrifice. Thousands line the route of 'the highway of heroes' upon a soldeiers final journey to their homes every time a soldier gives his life for his country. As a former vet and fire service's member for 34 years I haveseen my fair share of sacrifice.

    We owe this to our service men and women and they should never be forgotten.

    God bless them all.

    April 6, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Thank you for posting this. You begin to appreciate the individual sacrifices our military men and women make every day watching this lone soldier being carried with respect and honor off the air transport. My condolences to his family.

    April 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm |