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Do They Do This In Your Area?

I visited a friend of mine in another state recently. On her local news station they displayed the pictures of a returning fallen soldier. Actually, I think he was a marine, you know how marines have those really nice black uniforms. They had a full story on this man including footage of his casket being carried off the plane, interviews with his family, and it ended with the times and locations of his wake and service. I was shocked because our local stations only say the names in passing. Does your local news do this?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Sep. 16, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Back home they did it
    I havent noticed here tho
    Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 10:52 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • They have, but I think it depends on the family (or if it's a slow news day and they have time). Some just get a mention in passing, some will have interviews with family members. They usually at least mention the date and time of the memorial service.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:53 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • It depends on the family's wishes
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:55 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • They do here but we are in a small town and most will attend the funeral. They may stop since there are many college students at the local college that are very anti war and anti troop and they have come out and picketed funerals. They will spit, throw things and call the soldiers vile names and tell the families they are sick to have a funeral. Phelps and his crew have been to one the rest have all been anti war/anti troop people most Democrats. I know when my cousin came back we did it quietly his funeral was not reported in the paper until after it happened. His grave was still vandalized by the anti war/anti troop people later they did not get to harrass the family.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • No they don't. They might show part of the casket being taken to the church or a little part of the graveside ceremony, if the family approves it, but no. No real interviews, no casket being taken off the plane, no real big "coverage" which in a way is sad, because every man or woman who died fighting for our country should be thought of as a war hero, and paid attention to as such.
    tikigoddess

    Answer by tikigoddess at 11:16 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • its allover the local news stations here (w /nw arkansas) when a local soldier returns, dead or alive. we love our military as much as our football!
    thehairnazi

    Answer by thehairnazi at 11:38 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • They announce when troops deploy and return home with footage of their deployments and homecomings. When a soldier dies while serving the country they show the casket being carried off the plane with the flag draped over it, and later announce the family of the deceased. Our last local soldier who died, his Uncle did an interview just to say how much the young gentlemen loved his country and couldn't wait to sign up and they were privileged to have him in the family listed as a hero.
    momtotrips

    Answer by momtotrips at 11:49 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • "its allover the local news stations here (w /nw arkansas) when a local soldier returns, dead or alive. we love our military as much as our football!" Quoting thehairnazi

    I live in central Arkansas and it's all over the news here too. That is so true we do love our military as much as our football !!
    razorbackfan

    Answer by razorbackfan at 11:54 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • This used to be quite common. The Bush administration made it illegal to photograph the caskets of our falled heros. The Obama administration has reversed this.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:55 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • The Bush administration made it illegal to photograph the caskets of our falled heros. The Obama administration has reversed this.

    That's pretty irrelevant - we've had tributes on throughout the entire war, and never have they shown the casket, before or after Obama was involved.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:57 AM on Sep. 16, 2009

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