First Place ~ Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News
When Second Lieutenant James Cathey’s body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched his family gather on the tarmac.
During the arrival of another Marine’s casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: “See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, knowing that they’re on the plane that brought him home,” he said. “They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.”
Second Place ~ Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News
The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. “I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,” she said. “I think that’s what he would have wanted.”
I’m not sure if this picture won an award, but it is poignant nonetheless. They all are.
John 15:13 ~ “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
In honor of our fallen soldiers, no words can fully express the depth of gratitude we feel that you have given your lives for us. May the angels of God surround you at all times, and may we see you again one day and salute you.
In honor of our veterans, there but for the grace of God. That you were willing to lay down your lives so that others may be free is a testament to the integrity and character of our troops. We are here today because of what you did yesterday.
In honor of those still serving, may the Holy Spirit of God fill you and protect you each and every day. May you live your lives to the fullest, glorifying God and protecting the lives which He has entrusted to your care. May we always honor you and thank you, for there is no greater love. Semper Fidelis.