Dating back to the times of heraldry and beyond, armies carried their dead to their graves with ceremony. Knights were borne on their shields, horses led with the dead warrior's boots reversed. Taps, a bugle call to extinguish lights at the end of a day, sometime after the Civil War became the last call for American warriors.
It is a compact between the soldiers and sailors and the military they serve.
Bush has never been pictured with a wounded GI or greeted a returning coffin.
If Bush is trying to hide the cost of war, as Kerry claims, by hiding the dead, he robs Schultz and Gilmore of one of the rights of soldiering.
Why isn't more being done about this? Every one of us should write a letter to a local newspaper. That, perhaps more than anything, will bring military and military family votes to the Democratic Party.