I have often wondered why in recent years, the US government has found it necessary to not allow public viewing of our dead coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan. Some trumped up excuse about consideration for loved ones, blah, blah, blah. Dying in the service of my country makes me a loved one also. Shrouding their return to this country behind flimsy excuses does nothing to honor their sacrifice. We know they are dead, we should have the right to honor their return. As unpopular as the War is, some kind of public display seems the right thing to do.
I am absolutely floored by what ordinary Canadians do for it's fallen soldiers. The War is unpopular up there also, but at least the government allows the citizenry the right to honor the dead by announcing their return. People by the thousands line Highway 401 and stand silent as the procession takes the dead from the airport to the morgue. What a nice gesture for the loved ones who have just lost a son, a daughter, a friend. In my opinion, Canada does it right. We could take a lesson from them. We could take quite a few lessons from our friends up north I guess.