A Warrior's Farewell, Part 3: The SEALs Say Goodbye to Brendan Looney
This is the final installment of my report on the service at Arlington for brave Navy SEAL Brendan Looney. When the official service was over, the other SEALs filed forward to show their respects. One by one, they removed their treasured Tridents from their uniforms... and pounded them, with their fists, into Brendan Looney's casket. Afterwards, I counted some 82 Tridents. Rarely will anyone have the honor to witness such a beautiful display of brotherhood, respect, and love. I am humbled that the SEALs allowed my friend Jan and me to bear witness. These are the men who will rescue a prisoner from pirates on board the open sea, without harming so much as a hair on the captive's head. These are the men who will jump, in the pitch of night, into remote rough waters. These are the men who defend us with their very lives. They are among our nation's finest. Before you look at the photos, I ask that you take a moment to bow your head in gratitude.
The SEALS come forward. Photo by Susan Katz Keating