Based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning story, Jim Sheeler’s unprecedented look at the way our country honors its dead; Final Salute Is a stunning tribute to the. They are the troops that nobody wants to see, carrying a message that no military family ever wants to hear. Since the start of the war in Iraq, Marines. Post with 15 votes and views. Shared by Nuke Final Salute – By Jim Sheeler; Pictures By Todd Heisler.

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Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives

When he first donned the Marine uniform, Beck had never heard the term “casualty assistance calls officer. Occasionally, a finsl of passengers is briefly exposed to the hard reality outside the cabin.

I think that every single teacher should read this book to their children. When possible, military morticians prepare a body for viewing by the family. And the thoughtful cemetery and funeral professional could derive a lot of inspiration from the care that the military gives cinal its own. I posted this because I saw DaFunOne post a compilation of military members coming home.

This is a superb book that every American should read. The cost of war? I think anyone who votes should probably read this b I’m not even sure how to review this book.

I moved away soon after graduating and regrettably, in the seven years I been gone, I have not kept in touch with most of those saluge.


Embed Code hide post details. After all the noise at the airport — the screaming, the crying, the whining of jet engines — inside the funeral home each footstep echoed.

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If a fly crawls on their face, or in their ear, they are ordered to remain steady. They always know,” said Major Steve Beck. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He called the ceremony “Remembering the Brave. I wish it was daytime,” she said. I don’t think I have ever read a book that made me cry this much. To our knowledge there has never been another book written that shows what happens beyond the initial knock on the door.

To the war, she meant. He never went back.

Final Salute

I read many passages through blurred vision, jom at times, I felt the author was leaning toward the maudlin, and rather than let the subject or situation carry itself which it clearly canhe prodded it with unnecessary sentimentality, which I feel cheapened certain passages. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

From the Trade Paperback edition. After they placed the flag-draped coffin inside, Katherine fell onto one corner, pressing her face into the sheelr field of stars.

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Essentially these are sheeler covering differe There is always a heavy price some have to pay when any forces are sent in harm’s way. He talks about her the way the families he cares for talk about him: Open Preview See a Problem? For Cathey, it was one of the most important days of zheeler life, and Conley knew the best way to share his pride. Credit to the New York Times for the pictures. Before Jim Cathey aheeler left for officer training, they were married by a justice of the peace in Denver, planning a big wedding on his return from Iraq.


I read the cover at the BX, and almost got all choked up right in the aisle. Above all, it is a moving tribute to our troops, putting faces to the mostly anonymous names of our courageous heroes, and to the brave families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

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He gave her a few seconds, then took her hand and brought it to the middle of the empty uniform. Before climbing into the hearse with Katherine, Beck took one last look at the scene, fixing on the plane. Sand on a casket. We see everything from the knock on the door of a young pregnant wife, to how the casualty assistance officer feels There are no words to describe how I felt reading this book.