In what is definitely a step in the right direction for a more transparent government, the Pentagon on Thursday lifted the ban on photographing the flag-draped coffins of soldiers who have died in combat entering into the United States.

The ban had been in effect since 1991, when President George H.W. Bush wanted to underscore the number of deaths in the Gulf War. And it has continued throughout George W. Bush’s two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, making the wars an afterthought to many news agencies.

Now it’s up to the news agencies to follow through on this decision.