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How MIA honors fallen soldiers returning home

These images depict the arrival of a fallen American Army soldier, Sgt. Phillip D. McNeill, 22, of Sunrise, Florida, arriving at Miami International Airport (MIA) this morning, January 24, 2007, onboard American Airlines flight 971. Bravo Zulu to all the folks who participated in honoring and rendering their respect during this solemn occasion.

This is the Department of Defense news release regarding Sergeant McNeill's death:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 075-07 - January 23, 2007 - DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Jan 20 in Karma, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee. The soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. Killed were:

Sgt. Sean P. Fennerty, 25, of Corvallis, Ore., Sgt. Phillip D. McNeill, 22, of Sunrise, Fla.,
Spc. Jeffrey D. Bisson, 22, of Vista, Calif., Spc. Toby R. Olsen, 28, of Manchester, N.H.

Click on the name image below to read a Miami Herald article about Sgt. McNeill. His photo and the story are located at: < http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/obituaries/16538899.htm

Miami Herald article on the death of Sergeant Phillip McNeill
Miami Herald article on the death of Sergeant Phillip McNeill
MIA personnel waiting for the fallen soldier's arrival, photo #2109
MIA personnel waiting for the fallen soldier's arrival, photo #2109
MIA ARFF units waiting for the fallen soldier's flight to arrive, photo #2110
MIA ARFF units waiting for the fallen soldier's flight to arrive, photo #2110
MIA ARFF units honor the return of a fallen soldier with a water cannon salute photo #2113
MIA ARFF units honor the return of a fallen soldier with a water cannon salute photo #2113
Flight 971 under Miami-Dade Police escort to the gate photo #2115
Flight 971 under Miami-Dade Police escort to the gate photo #2115
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2116
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2116
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2119
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2119
Miami-Dade Police, Miami-Dade Fire, and U. S. Customs Border Patrol honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2120
Miami-Dade Police, Miami-Dade Fire, and U. S. Customs Border Patrol honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2120
American Airlines personnel lowering the fallen soldier's casket photo #2122
American Airlines personnel lowering the fallen soldier's casket photo #2122
Fallen soldier's casket being off-loaded from flight photo #2123
Fallen soldier's casket being off-loaded from flight photo #2123
Fallen soldier being offloaded from flight photo #2124
Fallen soldier being offloaded from flight photo #2124
American Airlines crew chief salutes the fallen soldier, photo #2125
American Airlines crew chief salutes the fallen soldier, photo #2125
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2126
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2126
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2127
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2127
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2128
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2128
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2129
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2129
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2130
MIA personnel honor the return of a fallen soldier photo #2130
Miami-Dade Police escort the fallen soldier photo #2131
Miami-Dade Police escort the fallen soldier photo #2131
Miami-Dade Police escort the fallen soldier photo #2132
Miami-Dade Police escort the fallen soldier photo #2132
Miami-Dade Police escort the fallen soldier photo #2133
Miami-Dade Police escort the fallen soldier photo #2133
Miami-Dade Police escort the fallen soldier photo #2134
Miami-Dade Police escort the fallen soldier photo #2134