“I would like for them to sit across the table and look me in the eye and say that it was an appropriate disposition for my husband to be thrown in a garbage dump, mixed in with the rest of household garbage like last week’s leftover meatloaf,” Smith added.
Holt said he was shocked at the military’s response.
“They tried to minimize this and present it as a procedural error,” Holt said.
“I don’t think they understand the degree of dishonesty, disrespect and insensitivity that’s involved here,” he said.
Holt said the change of how remains are handled should be credited to the “persistence of Gari-Lynn.”
Gary-Lynn said she owed it to the legacy of her husband.
She described him as a man who helped stranded motorists in snowstorms and who wore a big, mischievous smile that “let us know that he knew something that the rest of us just didn’t know or didn’t get.”
He was a kind man, she said, and a man who took on a job assignment that others would run away from because he understood the honor and importance in saving lives and honoring those lost.
“Scott would be completely disgusted,” she said of the way the remains were handled.
“If he were here, I believe he would be helping me in this fight,” she said.