State Funerals for Spanish soldiers

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From Sky News:

FUNERALS FOR SOLDIERS

State funerals have been held for the 17 Spanish soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

About 1,000 people, including 200 relatives of the dead, gathered at army headquarters in Madrid for the service.

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia greeted the relatives individually.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was also in attendance.

King Juan Carlos later laid medals on the flag-draped coffins of the soldiers.

The 17 troops were members of an 850-strong Spanish contingent attached to the NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Their helicopter crashed while on manoeuvres with a second helicopter on Tuesday near the western Afghan city of Herat.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

Flags are at half-mast as the country marks two days of national mourning.
Good to see that there are countries that do the right thing by their soldiers - and their parents.
 
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Darth_Doctrinus said:
Good to see that there are countries that do the right thing by their soldiers - and their parents.
Ah, but sacrificing one's life in service of one's country is so untrendy, Darth, thus undeserving of formal national attention and respect. I’m not sure exactly when we stopped doing the “right thing” as a nation, but I find our apparent obsession with all things and people trivial, more than a little embarrassing.
 
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Did Blair even pitch up at Brize or Northolt for a single repatriation landing.... FFS!
 

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