May 2, 2011 |
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was sent to start the air assault to topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan and bring Osama bin Laden to justice. Starting Oct. 7, 2001, the carrier launched 4,000 combat sorties, playing a key role in removing the Taliban grip on the Afghan capital, Kabul. Now the Vinson, whose home port is now San Diego, has played another significant role in the Afghanistan war: as the platform from which Bin Laden's body was buried at sea. The burial, Navy officials said, followed Muslim custom, with the body washed and placed in a white sheet.
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October 19, 1985
Cartoonist Paul Conrad's latest foray into religious symbolism (Oct. 8) shows a large coffin in the form of a cross with the legend, "At last, 16,000 fetuses rest in peace." He is referring to a stunt burial organized by Americans Committed to Loving the Unwanted. And guess whose initials (ACLU) they have appropriated? The American Civil Liberties Union, that's who. Incidentally, this outfit invited a Marine Corps color guard--under false pretense, according to the Marines--to participate in the event.
April 9, 2003 |
The body of Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez was returned home to Guatemala, a day after he was honored in his adopted state of California. Gutierrez, 28, one of the first U.S. troops killed in combat in Iraq, will be recognized today in a private official ceremony, said a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman. His burial is being arranged by his only surviving relative, a sister, Engracia Sirin. Gutierrez, a legal resident of the U.S., was posthumously awarded U.S. citizenship.
January 21, 2012 |
When Jeon Gyeong-suk lost her husband to cancer three months ago, she agonized over how to keep his remains. Because land is at a premium, burial was out, and she found the idea of a heap of ashes stored in an urn sort of creepy. So the 51-year-old widow paid $900 to transform her husband's ashes into a few handfuls of tiny bluish beads that have the look of beluga caviar. Even though the beads look like pebble-sized gems, they aren't meant to be strung into a necklace.
September 5, 2003
Cleric's funeral -- An A2 news summary Wednesday overstated the number of Shiite followers who attended the burial of Ayatollah Mohammed Bakr Hakim in Najaf, Iraq. The estimated funeral attendance was about 300,000, not millions.
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June 21, 2013 |
Community members are hoping to fund a proper burial for the body of a man found Wednesday wrapped in trash bags under the earth of his own backyard, neighbors said. The man's wife allegedly buried her husband behind their porch in Apple Valley weeks ago, claiming she could not afford to pay for a formal burial, San Bernardino county authorities said. When the woman's neighbor, Colin Wilson, heard the news Wednesday, he and his sister set up an online fundraising page . As of Friday morning, $800 of their $3,000 goal has been raised, according to the page.