After 18-Year Ban, Media See Return Of US War Dead

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – A solemn ceremony in Delaware has marked the end of a nearly two-decade ban on news coverage of returning U.S. war dead.

Members of the media watched Sunday night as the remains of a Virginia airman killed in Afghanistan returned to Dover Air Force Base.

The family of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Va. agreed to have the media coverage but declined to be interviewed or photographed.

An eight-member team wearing white gloves and camouflage battle fatigues carried Myers’ body off of a military contract jet.

The 20-minute ceremony was mostly silent, with only the clicking of camera shutters and the barking of orders for a military salute.