Afghan war's end quiets chaplain's litany of funeral prayers
July 21, 2021
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — This is the place where widows wailed, where mothers buckled to the tarmac in grief and where children lifted their teddy bears to see daddy carried off in a flag-covered box.
This is where presidents stood and generals saluted because this is the place where the price of the war in Afghanistan was made plain.
This is the place where Chaplain David Sparks saw it all. This is the place he found his calling.
"This," the minister says, "is holy ground."
The end of the war is sobering for those who have tended to the battle's dead, who unzipped their body b...