Welcome to Licentia Loquendi, founded January 2009. L2 is a team blog that focuses primarily on political, military and Constitutional issues with a Conservative Christian slant. We are two college students, a Navy corpsman, an Army sniper and a Vietnam era Army veteran.

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26 February 2009

To the Mansions of the Lord

The media will now be permitted to photograph the homecomings of fallen troops at Dover AFB (which is where their remains are returned, before being transported to their hometowns). "Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to allow photos of flag-draped caskets . . . if the families of the fallen troops agree" (FNC).
In my personal opinion, I find this shocking and disturbing. How can one even consider approaching the family of a fallen hero and asking permission to take photos? Our nation's heroes should be able to return home and be buried in peace, surrounded by their families -- not the media. This is abhorrent and disrespectful. The media is exploiting our troops and their families -- they've already made the ultimate sacrifice, what more can the government ask?

I was going to post a video of "The Mansions of the Lord," but they always make me emotional.

"The Mansions of the Lord"

To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more weeping, no more fight,
No prayers pleading through the night,
Just divine embrace, eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry and no children weep,
We shall stand and guard though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord

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