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1 hr ago Members of Congress are fuming at the discovery of a WWII veteran who was buried in a cardboard box at Florida National Cemetery in 2004. Sadly, Lawrence Davis Jr. had no loved ones to see him off, so Veteran Affairs buried his remains in the same container they arrived in from the medical examiner. Though the cemetery duly holds a special service four times a year for veterans who are buried without family present, the circumstances bring up the question of what exactly constitutes a "dignified burial."
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said, "We're not going to treat the veterans of this country that way. We're going to ensure there is a dignified burial." Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., both support a new bill called The Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012. It would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to review its burial standards and would authorize it to purchase caskets or urns for all veterans in our national cemeteries.
Originally posted by petrus4
I think someone needs to get over themselves, here. The person in question is DEAD. They're not going to be offended by being buried in a cardboard box, because they're no longer there.
Quite aside from being an insult, I think a cardboard box is a great choice of material for a burial. It will decompose much faster than wood will, which will allow the body to be re-used by the environment that much more quickly and effectively. As long as there is a decent funeral, then I don't see a problem here.
Please try and employ logic, rather than engaging in mindless, hysterical emotionalism.edit on 3-6-2012 by petrus4 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by buster2010
Here's a little something you obviously know nothing about. It's called respect. When it come your time be sure to tell your family to save a few bucks and just dump you in the hole as is that way you will decompose faster.