Posts Tagged ‘SecDef’

Dover AFB Mortuary and Troop Remains

11 November 2011

On this Veteran’s Day 2011, I read with discomfort of the practice of Dover AFB burning small and unidentifiable body parts of fallen US soldiers, then disposing of the cremains at a landfill. The burning part I am comfortable with, but the landfill part, not a bit.

At St. John’s, we have an ash garden in front of the building where cremains can be interred.

It seems to me that in light of the death and burial sentiments that many in the country feel, and the fact that the soldiers died directly in the service of their country, something of the same should have been set up and used, perhaps at Arlington National Cemetery (near the Tombs of the Unknowns, perhaps), or at a National Cemetery near Dover.

That is certainly more dignified than a local landfill. Whoever came up with that idea should be out of a job.