Photos by Ashley Gilbertson, The New York Times; if slideshow doesn’t display, click here
Major League Baseball will be playing G.I. Joe today, dressing its players in camouflage to “support the military,” an all-purpose Band-Aid term that has lost all meaning over the past decade.
But Memorial Day, as I and others have been saying for months now, isn’t about honoring or supporting the military. It’s about remembering the fallen. And it turns out that there’s a good uni-related story to be told there — one that has nothing to do with millionaire athletes playing dress-up soldier.
Yesterday’s New York Times had an extraordinary article about how the corpses of fallen American servicemen and -women are prepared for shipment to their hometowns by the mortuary staff of the Dover Air Force Base. That preparation includes clothing each body in the appropriate dress uniform. You can see some photos from that process in the slideshow above, which I hope will make you want to read the article. Check it out here.
That’s all for today. Whether you’re working, traveling, grilling, or remembering, hope you have a fine day. Peace. — Paul