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Posted: 1/7/2012 12:57:20 PM EDT
A young Army Medic from our town was killed by an IED 2 days after Christmas. The Westboro Baptist Church came to picket. In honor of this fallen soldier thousands of people came to honor this young man for his service and shield the family from the WBC. I brought my children and explained the many reasons we were there holding American flags.

It was a sad but inspiring funeral.
Here is a news article.
http://www.wyff4.com/news/30139233/detail.html


Patriot Guard giving instructions on protocol.


Downtown Simpsonville an hour before the funeral.





One of two waves of Patriot Guards and other riding. I have never seen anything like it. 15-20 minutes of bikes.


The family arriving at the church. A large patriot guard and police escort.



Main Street a good mile from the church. People lined the road for I'm not sure how long. I will be interested to see the aerial footage from the news helicopter.



The funeral procession on the way to the cemetary.



Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:00:06 PM EDT
RIP Justin.

I'm sure he would have been floored by the turnout.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:03:23 PM EDT
Prayers to all family and friends.

Eternal Thank You, Justin. RIP.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:03:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:05:14 PM EDT
TT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:05:39 PM EDT
RIP Justin.

Getting dusty in here.

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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:07:32 PM EDT
RIP. The service is owed to his sacrifice.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:08:01 PM EDT
RIP Justin
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:08:34 PM EDT

Rest easy soldier. God Bless Ye
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:08:56 PM EDT
RIP
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:09:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dbuckt55:

Rest easy soldier. God Bless Ye


Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:10:07 PM EDT
RIP

Another angel watching over us!
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:10:29 PM EDT
Glad to see he was honored appropriately.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:18:46 PM EDT
RIP brother and fellow medic
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:22:11 PM EDT
I really don't know what to post in these threads.

I feel so sorry for the serviceman and his family.


And yes, it did suddenly get dusty here.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:23:59 PM EDT
RIP sir.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:26:17 PM EDT
Rest in peace.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:43:07 PM EDT
Whew! It's great to see a massive turnout of solid, good hearted folks to see PFC Whitmire to his final resting place, and to place themselves between his family and the WBC scumbags.

It occurs to me that Reverend Phelps and his ilk only serve to pull communities together around the families of the fallen, that if their cause is to show that the WBC god has abandoned America, at least Americans haven't entirely abandoned what makes us exceptional.

Rest in peace, PFC Whitmire. You certainly earned it.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:45:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:52:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 1:52:48 PM EDT by Kstanton]
THIS is the way to work around the WBC if you choose to have a public procession. Accepting they have the right to be there, and simply ignoring them/blocking them from view. Very little attention given.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:53:07 PM EDT
Every time I catch one of the Patriot guards at a convenience store I pay for them to fill up their motorcycle.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:56:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 2:01:52 PM EDT


RIP Warrior. Gone, but Never forgotten.

-SS
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 2:12:24 PM EDT
RIP brave one


Link Posted: 1/7/2012 2:14:07 PM EDT

It gives me some hope in this country to see that kind of turn out.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 2:24:10 PM EDT
talk about a bitter sweet moment!
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 2:25:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:
Whew! It's great to see a massive turnout of solid, good hearted folks to see PFC Whitmire to his final resting place, and to place themselves between his family and the WBC scumbags.

It occurs to me that Reverend Phelps and his ilk only serve to pull communities together around the families of the fallen, that if their cause is to show that the WBC god has abandoned America, at least Americans haven't entirely abandoned what makes us exceptional.

Rest in peace, PFC Whitmire. You certainly earned it.

http://uploads.neatorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/militaryfuneral.jpg

God truly works in ways mysterious to us. May Pfc. Whitmire rest in eternal peace.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:23:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By urbanpi:

Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:
Whew! It's great to see a massive turnout of solid, good hearted folks to see PFC Whitmire to his final resting place, and to place themselves between his family and the WBC scumbags.

It occurs to me that Reverend Phelps and his ilk only serve to pull communities together around the families of the fallen, that if their cause is to show that the WBC god has abandoned America, at least Americans haven't entirely abandoned what makes us exceptional.

Rest in peace, PFC Whitmire. You certainly earned it.

http://uploads.neatorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/militaryfuneral.jpg

God truly works in ways mysterious to us. May Pfc. Whitmire rest in eternal peace.


I've lived in this town for almost 13 years and have never seen the city ban together like this.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:25:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:33:00 PM EDT
I love that this type of thing is not uncommon in this country.

God bless that soldier and his family.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:33:03 PM EDT
I hate those Westoboro bastards. They need to grow some balls and picket some live soldiers, see how that works out for them.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:33:38 PM EDT


Godspeed Soldier
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:34:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:35:42 PM EDT
RIP

It is great to see the community come out like that.

FWBBC
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:52:15 PM EDT
Damn, it suddenly got real dusty in here.

Godspeed, young man.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:11:35 PM EDT
RIP Soldier, your watch is done.

Small towns are amazing. I went to a funeral and memorial service this summer in Douglas, WY, population of roughly 5,000 people. 8,000 folks showed up. WBC didn't, good thing for them.

May God Bless and Keep America!
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:13:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:26:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:28:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:46:45 PM EDT
RIP, Soldier.

Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:54:23 PM EDT
RIP. Thank you for your service. Prayers to his family and thank you Patriot guard!
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:54:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 4:55:20 PM EDT by BANDITOZ71]


Godspeed.
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