Posted by Petra on July 24, 1999 at 22:45:02:
In Reply to: Re: Interesting, but strange posted by Champ on July 24, 1999 at 01:05:42:
: Yes, they were buried at sea with the help of the Navy, and no, there were no military honors for JFK jr. (where ever you heard that, they were wrong) .
>>> Well, the reports were talking about such a funeral normally being reserved for high military ranks and members of the government. About a certain number of shots being fired and other ceremonial things. Then I guess military honors wasn't the right word, that would still include more ceremonial things? I see. I didn't hear that anywhere, didn't even know it was a fixed term, I meant the military's involvement as described. After all, they needed a special permission by the Secretary of Defense.
: But truth be told, how many other families have tragedy after tragedy play out in public for the world to see?
>>> Yes, that's true, the publicity is a major factor for sure.
: I'm sorry if you (or the Eruopean newspapers) dont understand this, but most Americans dont seem to have that problem.
>>> Actually, I didn't even pay attention to the whole story until my co-workers started talking about it the other day (they are all Americans) and their comments were very sarcastic. They said a few things that even sounded somewhat on the mean side to me, like about each honor shot being for one time he flunked his exams. They laughed when I told them of the editorials about royalty and said it was true. Personally, I just watch this with a certain amazement, that's all.
: For me it is not the "glitz", its that three year old boy saluting his father's coffin, an image that still brings a tear to my eye, and causes this US Army vet to stop & return his salute today.
>>> Now, that picture made me wonder who in the world would encourage that poor child, just a toddler, to perform a military gesture in that situation. Stuff like that doesn't grow in the mind of a three year old, who should be hugged and on his mother's lap instead of being filmed at his father's grave, and adults sometimes have strange ideas about how little children should perform.
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