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Soldiers empty casket: Insensitive image receives backlash from public

National Guard soldiers pose around an empty casket.
National Guard soldiers pose around an empty casket.

National Guard soldiers posing around an empty casket for a photo is getting a lot of backlash from critics who say it is disrespectful to those who died in military action.

ABC News reported Feb. 18 that the Wisconsin National Guard suspended the soldier who posted the photo online. She has been receiving death threats, but the National Guard is vigilant about her protection.

The soldiers around the empty casket image was taken at a training facility in Arkansas. It had other soldiers from various units in it, too. It was first posted on Instagram with about 12 soldiers around the coffin. They all were smiling, hugging, flashing peace signs, and posing different directions. It clearly was not a somber-feeling picture.

The caption read: "We put the FUN in funeral -- your fearless honor guard from various states."

The controversial photo was posted by Spc. Terry Harrison, of the Madison, Wis.-based 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment. Her account has been closed, but the photo is still seen on the Internet.

An investigation into this is ongoing. The other soldiers in the casket photo may get punished as well.

Why would any military personnel do such a thing in the first place? It really makes no sense. Insensitive is an understatement in this case. The soldiers empty casket photo is a sick thing to do and it offends those who lost family members while serving.

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

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