Final Salute project at the Rocky Mountain News

I encourage you to take a look at this excellent Rocky Mountain News multi-media project, Final Salute. Here's the lede: They are the troops that nobody wants to see, carrying a message that no military family ever wants to hear. It begins with a knock at the door. For the past year, the Rocky Mountain News has followed Maj. Steve Beck as he takes on the most difficult duty of his career: casualty notification. As Beck and his comrades at Buckley Air Force Base keep constant watch over the caskets of the men they never knew, the Marines also comfort the families of the fallen, and choke back tears of their own. It's all part of a tradition that started in 1775: Never leave a Marine behind. After the knock on the door, the story has only begun. 

This from Todd Heisler at the Rocky Mountain News: Greetings all- Please check out a multimedia preview of our upcoming project Final Salute. It follows the duties of a Marine casualty assistance calls officer and the families he has helped through their grief since the start of the Iraq War. Best Regards, Todd Heisler Staff photographer-Rocky Mountain News

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Getty
29%
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7%
Sipa
5%
Blackstar
4%
WireImage
6%
Panos
1%
Agency VU
2%
Lookat Photos
4%
VII
6%
Magnum
11%
Aurora
1%
Gamma
5%
WPN
5%
Zuma Press
8%
Polaris
5%
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