The image of young soldiers solemnly carrying a flag-draped coffin down an Air Force transport ramp always gives pause to area veterans wherever they might be watching a TV.
Some at Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24 on 75th Street West.
Some at Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18 on 63rd Avenue East.
Some at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 10141 on 51st Street West.
There may be a moment of silence, a bowed head, or a raised glass in a toast to another departed warrior.
Last week, however, circumstances surrounding that too familiar TV scene triggered entirely different reactions around our nation, including here.
“I’m outraged,” said Don Vecoli, a Navy veteran.
“I’m disgusted,” said Russ Otto, who was in the 101st Airborne.
“I’m pissed off,” said Dick Alvarez, a Vietnam Army Ranger veteran.
Read more Sunday in Mannix About Manatee on Bradenton.com.