Wisconsin National Guard Investigates Controversial Pictures with Flag-draped Casket
One soldier from Milwaukee is even getting death threats over the photos.
According to our sister station WITI in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin National Guard became aware of controversial and distasteful photos and comments related to military funeral honors on Monday.
One photo shows a group of soldiers in Army combat uniforms posing disrespectfully around a flag-draped training casket. The caption from another photo suggests that the cold weather at a military funeral may result in a poor folding of the U.S. flag to be presented.
The National Guardsman who posted the photos on a social media site has been indefinitely suspended from the funeral honors detail, pending an investigation into the matter.
“We take this matter very seriously and the investigation will be conducted diligently,” said Maj. Paul Rickert, the Wisconsin National Guard‘s director of public affairs.
Rickert also said the Wisconsin National Guard expects all soldiers who carry out this sacred detail to handle it with professionalism and honor.
Although Maj. Rickert says the group picture was taken in front of an empty training casket, Kurtz says it’s no consolation.
“It’s really of no consequence because the symbolism is there, the American flag draped over a casket. I think it’s recognized by anyone what it represents,” said Kurtz.