Pentagon Lifts Coffin Media Ban

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2009 1:39 PM CST
Honor Guards salute the flag-draped coffin of a US veteran.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Pentagon has lifted the media ban at Dover (Del.) Air Force Base and will allow photos of the coffins of US war casualties returning from overseas—provided the service members' families approve. Under the new rules, the families can withhold permission, CNN reports. Some relatives had lobbied against the ban; others say they prefer the ceremony be private.