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  • Obama’s New Policy Has Arlington Graves Stripped Of Personal Mementos

    http://patdollard.com/2013/10/obamas...d-afghanistan/

    Excerpted from DAILY MAIL: The carefully-chosen mementos that cover graves in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery offer a deeply personal glimpse into the lives of grieving military families.

    These reminders have now been scrubbed away following a new policy which has banned family and friends from placing tributes on the graves.

    Headstones have been stripped of photos, drawings and poignant notes, in particular those in Section 60, home to the graves of more than 800 service members killed while doing their duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    An Arlington spokesman said they were responding to complaints that the cemetery was looking too disorderly, and said the section needed to follow the same rules as the rest of the site.

    Stripped away: Family photos and mementos (left) on a grave stone of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Quadi Hudgins, who died in Iraq, which were later removed (right) at the Arlington National Cemetery under new policy


    Unhealed: A broken heart (top) which has later been stripped from the gravestone of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. A shadow of the memento remains

    Loved ones often left flowers, small stones and shells from favorite places and prized cigars. These have all now been swept away – some items saved to be returned to families, and some not.

    Photographer Kevin Lamarque published images of the graves earlier this year on PhotoBlog.

    In an article for Reuters, he commented this week: ‘There were immensely sad graveside moments of girlfriends, wives, children, mothers and fathers sitting, kneeling, laying beside a grave, often touching, holding or kissing the headstone of their fallen loved one.

    These loved ones would often leave behind mementos of all kinds, a way to keep their connection to those who departed too soon.’

    Mr Lamarque added that there had been complaints from families but Arlington National Cemetery remained unbending in the set of new rules.

    Jennifer Lynch, a spokesman for the cemetery, said: ‘The policy is the same, but the enforcement is different.’

    The rules were highlighted on the website in August but the first most families knew of the changes was when they visited the graves of relatives, according to the Washington Post.











    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-clean-up.html


    The carefully-chosen mementos that cover graves in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery offer a deeply personal glimpse into the lives of grieving military families.
    These reminders have now been scrubbed away following a new policy which has banned family and friends from placing tributes on the graves.
    Headstones have been stripped of photos, drawings and poignant notes, in particular those in Section 60, home to the graves of more than 800 service members killed while doing their duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    An Arlington spokesman said they were responding to complaints that the cemetery was looking too disorderly, and said the section needed to follow the same rules as the rest of the site.

    Loved ones often left flowers, small stones and shells from favorite places and prized cigars. These have all now been swept away - some items saved to be returned to families, and some not.
    Photographer Kevin Lamarque published images of the graves earlier this year on PhotoBlog.
    In an article for Reuters, he commented this week: 'There were immensely sad graveside moments of girlfriends, wives, children, mothers and fathers sitting, kneeling, laying beside a grave, often touching, holding or kissing the headstone of their fallen loved one.

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    These loved ones would often leave behind mementos of all kinds, a way to keep their connection to those who departed too soon.'
    Mr Lamarque added that there had been complaints from families but Arlington National Cemetery remained unbending in the set of new rules.
    Jennifer Lynch, a spokesman for the cemetery, said: 'The policy is the same, but the enforcement is different.'
    The rules were highlighted on the website in August but the first most families knew of the changes was when they visited the graves of relatives, according to the Washington Post.

    New photographs show the graves lying bare, many with outlines of where pictures and letters were once taped to the marble surface.
    In one moving instance, a loved one of a soldier who received the Purple Heart had pasted a small broken loveheart onto his grave.
    This tribute has also been stripped away, leaving the shadow of a small heart on the stone.
    More than 400,000 fallen members of the U.S. military lie across Arlington's 612 acres.







  • #2
    ultimateidiotw/bbgun strikes again.
    Last edited by peacepipe; 10-15-2013, 04:24 PM.

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    • #3
      Don't care.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Requiem View Post
        Don't care.
        Oh, but you love 'merica.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by UltimateHoboW/Shotgun View Post
          Oh, but you love 'merica.
          No, not really.

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          • #6
            And he hates the military.

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            • #7
              No, I dislike when people who serve use it a social carrying card to elevate themselves above others. I also dislike the miilitary-industrial complex that plagues our nation.

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              • #8
                Heartbreaking, such young soldiers, especially.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Requiem View Post
                  No, I dislike when people who serve use it a social carrying card to elevate themselves above others. I also dislike the miilitary-industrial complex that plagues our nation.
                  You sound like me when I was a lefty. I'll purge you of that nonsense yet!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Requiem View Post
                    No, not really.
                    You don't really love America?

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                    • #11
                      Yet more righteous indignation from the Right, with so much sickening hypocrisy that they can't even comprehend it.

                      Mebbe you guys should reflect on why those soldiers are dead in the first place.

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                      • #12
                        You really are a disgusting piece of sh*t.

                        The extremist whack jobs you support are about to drive the country (perhaps even the world) off an economic cliff, and all you can do is spew the same old regurgitated Fox News propaganda.

                        You and all the other Teabilly morons on this forum are the poster children for everything that's wrong with this country.

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                        • #13
                          WTF kind of person messes with a grave site? Further, what kind of ****bag defends it or says they don't care?

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                          • #14
                            Where does this article show that this has even the slightest thing to do with Obama?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Garcia Bronco View Post
                              WTF kind of person messes with a grave site? Further, what kind of ****bag defends it or says they don't care?
                              This isn't any grave site, but rather Arlington National Cemetery. There are special rules and conditions for those we honor there. DoD regulates how things are done there and they have determined that to honor all the veterans and select spouses that want a certain image, which doesn't include object attached to the markers.

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