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Sun May 26, 2013, 09:14 AM

“It’s more than an honor”

For Fallen Soldiers, an Intricate Last Ritual

At the Dover Port Mortuary in Delaware, where the bodies of service members are brought to be prepared for funeral, no detail for a soldier’s final rest is too small.

The soldier bent to his work, careful as a diamond cutter. He carried no weapon or rucksack, just a small plastic ruler, which he used to align a name plate, just so, atop the breast pocket of an Army dress blue jacket, size 39R.

“Blanchard,” the plate read.

Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard, a 32-year-old Army pilot, had been in Afghanistan for only a few days when an enemy rocket killed him and another soldier last month as they dashed toward their helicopter. Now he was heading home.

But before he left the mortuary here, he would need to be properly dressed. And so Staff Sgt. Miguel Deynes labored meticulously, almost lovingly, over every crease and fold, every ribbon and badge, of the dress uniform that would clothe Captain Blanchard in his final resting place.

“It’s more than an honor,” Sergeant Deynes said. “It’s a blessing to dress that soldier for the last time.”


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Sun May 26, 2013, 09:23 AM

1. And we must also remember that most of these deaths are unnecesary.


ESPECIALLY on Memorial Day.

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Sun May 26, 2013, 09:49 AM

2. K&R for HOPE the rest of us are as responsible about uncontrolled US assault weapons world-trade.

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