Outrage erupts after Wisconsin Guard member posts photo online Caption reads: 'We put the FUN in funeral'
Outrage erupted across social media Monday after a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard posted a photo on Instagram that appeared to make light of funerals for fallen service members.
The photo depicts a group of soldiers, most smiling or in comedic poses, around a coffin draped with an American flag. The caption accompanying the photo says: "We put the FUN in funeral your fearless honor guard from various states."
People began posting screenshots and comments on the photo on the Wisconsin Army National Guard's Facebook page, prompting Guard officials to begin looking into the matter late Monday afternoon, according to Maj. Paul D. Rickert.
Comments ranged from anger and disgust to outrage and shock, with posters saying fallen soldiers and the American flag are off limits when it comes to humor.
Many also called for charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Rickert confirmed at least one of the people in the photo is a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard who recently took training to become a member of the Funeral Honor Guard unit.
"We take the responsibility given to members with respect to fallen soldiers very seriously and expect all soldiers assigned to (the unit) to perform their duties with honor and respect," Rickert said when reached by phone late Monday.
Rickert said officials decided to allow people to express their outrage, including reposting screenshots of the photo, on the Wisconsin Army National Guard's Facebook page.
"We're allowing people to vent their frustrations over this very serious matter," he said.
Rickert said he could not confirm if others posing in the photo are actual Guard members or that an official investigation into the matter had been launched.