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United States fakes the return of its Vietnem War dead in ceremonies

by | 11th, October 2013

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THE US military has been faking repatriation ceremonies for dead American servicemen killed in Vietnam or the Second World War. The coffins paraded before the Press and the respectful veterans and weeping relatives contain soldiers’ remains that arrived weeks earlier to be processed in forensic labs and identified.

The remains are then sent back to the airports, loaded into coffins and draped in flags. The planes are old, disused rust buckets towed into position to make it look as though they’ve just landed.

On the tarmac a military official thanks attendees for “welcoming them home”. It’s a well-staged piece of theatre. America does not forget. American honours its dead.

The Pentagon has been engaging in this fakery for seven years. It says in a statement:

“Many times, static aircraft are used for the ceremonies, as operational requirements dictate flight schedules and aircraft availability.”

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