I once again had the great honor of covering of dignified transfers at Dover Airforce base.
While not apparent to me at the time, I took the time to read articles online about those that lost their lives at the cost of war during this solemn return.
Those fallen in this dignified transfer were some in a U.S. military helicopter crash during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan - which killed seven Americans and four Afghans. From what I've gathered, it was one of the deadliest air disasters of the 11-year war, and at least 1,961 U.S. service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan since the start.
I thank the families of the fallen for allowing the media to photograph these transfers, as it's important not only to them, their communities, but everyone reading the news the next day.