I just watched this this evening.
" ... as i recall ... " You don't recall correctly. The fallen soldier's family is attempting to have him buried in a regular cemetery that is segregated. He's also up for a Silver Star. That's part of the the main character's investigation and he conducts it by interviewing his former platoon, all of them unwilling, and all of them reeling off a rehearsed BS story that both covers up the platoon's wrongdoing and minimizes the Lt.'s heroism. He finally gets through to one of them and the truth comes out in the end, as well as Lt. Johnson (fallen soldier in question) getting his Silver Star. Lt. Johnson got screwed in life and death due to his race, the Meg Ryan character had the same thing happen due to gender. Regarding " ... if the fallen soldier is elligable to be buried in a National Cemetary with full military honors..." ANY soldier, sailor, marine, or airman/woman killed in battle is eligible to buried in a National Cemetery with full miliatry honors.
Sound "similar" Courage Under Fire to anyone? Sounded WAAAAYY similar to me.
Sure it has similiarities, but they're different enough films that I think both are original in their own ways. CUF Also had the Col's side story where he has to confront the fratricide that occurred under his command when he was a tank commander.
Resting Place was a very good movie, with a good plot that keeps you wondering until the end. The racial issue seems a bit dated now, but you have to keep reminding yourselves this was the early 70s south.
It also got a lot of the military eccentricities correct, even in the final memorial scene. I appreciated attention to subtleties.