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International Picture of the Year

First Place Photos honored this year. 

Lt. James Cathey's body

First Place 

Todd Heisler, the Rocky Mountain News 

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 so powerful: ‘See the people in the windows? They sat 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 will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.’ 

Casket

Todd Heisler,

The Rocky Mountain News

 The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. ‘I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,’ she said. ‘I think that’s what he would have wanted’. 

3rd Place – “Son, on behalf of a grateful Nation, I present to you the flag of the United States of America, symbolizing your father’s service….” 

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Blue Fridays 

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing blue every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority.’ We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. 
 
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.
 

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
 
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