The Price of Freedom


Final Salute

“Their story, once read, will stay with you forever.” – REEL BRIEF

We continue our tribute to “Remember the Fallen” for this upcoming Memorial Day on Monday…

Below is the winning 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Best Feature Writing by Jim Sheeler for the Rocky Mountain News from November of 2005.  The Rocky Mountain News’ photojournalist Todd Heisler also earned the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in the best Feature Photography for his photos that accompanied Sheeler’s article.

Together, Sheeler and Heisler tell an emotional and powerful narrative on the true price of freedom.  Their story, once read, will stay with you forever.

Read the article here: ‘Final salute‘.

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should." (TODD HEISLER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

Photo by Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News (2005)


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