June 01, 2007

10th Mountain Div. at Fort Drum NY: Monthly mass funerals

Thanks to Bluto at the Jawa Report for this story:

A somewhat surprising announcement from Fort Drum.

Army officials there say they'll begin hosting monthly memorial services for 10th mountain division soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Previously, Fort Drum had held individual ceremonies for each of its soldiers killed in action.

A spokesman for the military post says the change is due to scheduling, not an increase in combat deaths.

Fort Drum has lost roughly 140 soldiers since 2003.

This is not right at all. I can't imagine what's going on in regards to "scheduling" that each fallen soldier cannot be given the due individual honors he deserves.

I can't imagine what it would be like for the familes to mourn collectively. Something about this just doesn't sit well with me.

And what's with this "lost roughly 140 soldiers" talk? Is there not an exact number available ?

Posted by Kyer at June 1, 2007 10:54 PM | TrackBack