International Picture of the Year

These pictures are a few years old, but they still have quite an impact.


First Place: Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

When 2Lt 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 at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as 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."


Second Place: 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."

A Marine comes home Last update: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 19:52:39 -0400