April 30, 2004

Taking Chance Back Home

I didn't know that the US military provides a uniformed escort for all casualties to ensure they are delivered safely to the next of kin and are treated with dignity and respect along the way until I read Lt. Colonel Strobl's account (via BlackFive, "the paratrooper of love") of escorting the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps from Dover to Dubois, Wyoming.

    Chance Phelps was wearing his Saint Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother. I didnít know Chance before he died. Today, I miss him

I was immensely moved, both glad and proud that we as a nation do this and that by the respect and gratitude shown by people along the way.

Taking Chance Home

Posted by Jill Fallon at April 30, 2004 4:57 PM | Permalink