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Posted: 6/23/2003 7:18:08 AM EDT
From Rod Dreher at National Review: A friend of mine here in Dallas sent me the following account, from a woman at his church, of her nephew's military funeral in his small Texas town. He died serving America in Iraq. My friend sent photographs showing what the woman describes below. I wish I could post them. To see the somber faces of schoolchildren standing on the side of the road, watching the hearse go by, holding Old Glory in one hand and having the other hand on their hearts, is moving beyond words. Here's an excerpt from the soldier's aunt. I apologize for the length, but you need to read this: < When we turned off the highway suddenly there were teenage boys along both sides of the street about every 20 feet or so, all holding large American flags on long flag poles, and again with their hands on their hearts. We thought at first it was the Boy Scouts or 4H Club or something, but it continued -- for two and a half miles. Hundreds of young people, standing silently on the side of the road with flags. At one point we passed an elementary school, and all the children were outside, shoulder to shoulder holding flags -- kindergartners, handicapped, teachers, staff, everyone. Some held signs of love and support. Then came teenage girls and younger boys, all holding flags. Then adults. Then families. All standing silently on the side of the road. No one spoke, not even the very young children. The last few turns found people crowded together holding flags or with their hands on their hearts. Some were on horseback. The military presence -- at least two generals, a fist full of colonels, and representatives from every branch of the service, plus the color guard which attended James, and some who served with him -- was very impressive and respectful, but the love and pride from this community who had lost one of their own was the most amazing thing I've ever been privileged to witness.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 7:21:32 AM EDT
Respect, its nice to see for the little ones. It means Mom and Dad are doing something right.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 8:17:25 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/23/2003 8:36:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/23/2003 8:42:00 AM EDT by Max_Power]
Sorry if you have a 56k connection, but the pics need to go with this story. [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=14011[/img] [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=14013[/img] [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=14014[/img] [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=14016[/img] [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=14015[/img] [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=14017[/img] [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=14018[/img]
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 8:46:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 9:00:21 AM EDT
Well, now you've done it. The story choked me up. The pictures brought tears.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 9:03:40 AM EDT
That is truly wonderful.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 9:26:12 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/23/2003 9:55:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 10:05:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RobertM: GOD Bless America!
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DITTO
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 10:15:56 AM EDT
had to make cry today.....
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 10:17:14 AM EDT
WOW, I will admit that made me cry. Why can't CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, and all the others cover things like that? This should be on every news channel in the nation. Kids doing something good and patriotic, we need to recognize them when they do things like that. God bless every one of those great kids!
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 10:30:55 AM EDT
Those are good people. Good Americans.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 11:00:19 AM EDT
This really makes me proud to be an American. I have hope that our children are NOT being brainwashed by our "educational system". They can tell right from wrong. They have morals. And you would NOT believe the number of high school students I have heard say they want to go into the military, both young men and young women. We may just win the war against creeping socialism yet. We are not all sheeple. Yes, the pictures choked me up, too. Why don't we start an email campaign, ask the various news outlets why they did not cover this? Can someone post email links?
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 11:08:55 AM EDT
Very touching.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 1:42:38 PM EDT
[b]..,for two and a half miles[/b] I think that was for Mr. Kiel in Comfort tx- wasn't it?? The video of that procession will leave you reaching for kleenex.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 1:50:24 PM EDT
the pic that got me was the girl on crutches and broken leg...dunno why..very touching
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 2:00:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 2:04:01 PM EDT
Thanks for the pics max.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 2:18:29 PM EDT
Wow. Awesome. Can't put words to this one...
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 3:50:37 PM EDT
BTT..keep it alive..
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 3:59:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Old_Painless: Well, now you've done it. The story choked me up. The pictures brought tears.
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Me too.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 4:27:29 PM EDT
Amazing...thanks for helping to restore the faith.
Link Posted: 6/23/2003 4:27:44 PM EDT
I'm sure proud this took place in Texas.
Link Posted: 6/24/2003 5:46:30 AM EDT
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