Honouring the Troops A few days ago nine members of the Australian Defence Force, from the Army, Navy and Air Force, were killed when their Sea King helicopter crashed during disaster relief operations on Nias. They were stationed aboard HMAS Kanimbla, that was on its way home from relief operations around Banda Aceh when the latest Earthquake wrecked Nias and they turned back to give further aid. I am watching the live funeral on free-to-air, commercial (this broadcast is commercial free), TV at the moment where Australia's Prime Minister, the Governor-General and Indonesia's President are in attendence. The nine coffins are lined up, draped by the Australian flag and President Iudiono(sp?) has placed a pillow with the Indonesian Medal of Valour, the highest Indonesian award, on each coffin. The three dignitaries then turned around and our Governor-General placed a sprig of wattle on each coffin. Then the usual prayers and stuff, followed by The Last Post and a minute's silence. Moving, very dignified, stuff. I am wondering how other countries treat their military dead? Does America, especially, have some sort of annual memorial service for the, ongoing, 1500+ dead in Iraq, given that their dead are spirited into the country in the dead of night and the media is not allowd near them?