Thursday, April 09, 2009

We receive our own with love and dignity

This past Sunday night the body of Airman Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers, 30, of Hopewell, VA, an Air Force explosive ordnance disposal craftsman who died saving the lives of others in Afghanistan, arrived at Dover Air Force Base. The world was watching, as for the first time in 18 years, the media was allowed to cover the return of our nation’s war dead – with the permission of SSgt. Myers’ wife Aimee and family.

Please join me in welcoming home an American hero who served in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan. May we honor his memory and sacrifice as we mourn alongside his family, friends, community and unit.
A ceremony to honor SSgt Myers is reported to have taken place today in England. The town of Hopewell, VA would also like to honor him if his family wishes it. He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery per his request on April 27.

Rest in eternal peace, SSgt Phillip A. Myers. Your mission is complete.


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

So tragically sad! and yes, honours due - even if it was for an in-glorious war of aggression!

A loss for so many.

FranIAm said...

I am weeping and weeping, praying and praying.

Rest in peace, rise in glory.

David said...

dear Paul
as a Canadian i find this news embargo on the return of war dead Machavelian and exteedingly strange.

in Canada, there is actually a section of the Canada Highway now known as the Highway of Heroes, as it runs between the airport and one of the largest bases, and every time one of our war dead is returned with full and public honours, Canadian line the route and fill the overpasses, usually wearing red ( for our flag) to silently honour our fallen and their family.

many of the families have spoken of the strength and consolation they have taken from such an incredible site.

once again i give real thanks for the humanity of President Obama, as the healing America needs is not a secret thing, something cloaked in lies and duplicity.

prayers for Phillip and his family, hugs for Paul and Fran