I don't want to hear about all the reasons that this was ever considered to be proper!
No matter the circumstances, these remains deserved better! The memories of these troops deserved better! Their very actions DEMAND better!
Sad that this practice was even considered as the best we could do for those that died in the service of our country!
Report Reveals More Soldiers' Remains Went to Landfill Than Previously Acknowledged
Published December 08, 2011
WASHINGTON – A U.S. Air Force Base disposed of at least 274 U.S. troops' partial remains in a Virginia landfill, it emerged late Wednesday -- far more than had been believed.
The practice of dumping incinerated remains in King George County landfill -- revealed last month -- took place from 2004 until 2008, when remains that could not be returned to the soldiers' families, or that the families asked the military to destroy, began being buried at sea.
Data gathered by The Washington Post shows that 274 identified service members' remains were dumped in that manner by mortuary staff at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base, the main repatriation point for U.S. war dead.
The Post reported that dumping incinerated remains in a landfill was never official policy, nor were senior Pentagon officials informed of the practice.
The newspaper's investigation -- which began when it found a single case of a soldier's remains ending up in the landfill -- culminated in air force officials releasing information that showed 976 pieces of 274 identified troops ended up in the landfill.
Another 1,762 fragments of unidentified remains went to the landfill.
The scandal saw three mortuary staff disciplined when the practice was revealed in November.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/07/us-air-force-admits-dumping-over-250-soldiers-remains-in-landfill/#ixzz1fvq0MEhj
I'm sorry, but this bothers me more than I can possibly say! I can't understand it, I don't condone it, and I am ashamed of who ever took part in it! Ashamed!
Coffee in the kitchen this morning. It's nice and warm in there!