Soldiers clowning by empty casket sparks furor

Soldiers clowning by empty casket sparks furor

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Soldiers clowning by empty casket sparks furor

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Associated Press & 13News Now

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 11:12 AM

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A photograph showing soldiers clowning around an empty, flag-draped casket has sparked a furor online, with people saying it's disrespectful of veterans and those killed in action.

The Wisconsin National Guard responded Tuesday by announcing it had suspended honor guard duties of the soldier who apparently posted the photograph on Instagram.

The photograph was taken at a guard training facility in Arkansas and shows about a dozen soldiers around the casket. Several hug playfully hug, one flashes a peace sign and another is pointing off in the distance.

The caption reads, "We put the FUN in funeral -- your fearless honor guard from various states."

The photograph was posted from an account belonging to Spc. Terry Harrison. That account has since been closed. Attempts to reach Harrison were unsuccessful.

On the Wisconsin National Guard Website, Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, the Wisconsin adjutant general said,"We expect all of our Soldiers and Airmen to live by a core set of values, in word and deed."

Dunbar ordered an investigation into the matter.

"I was appalled by the offensive photos and comments that appeared on this Soldier's social media site regarding her duties as a funeral honor guard member," he added. AP-WF-02-19-14 1331GMT

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