I know most (if not all) of my readers have heard about the disgusting acts of a church congregation from Topeka, Kansas. They picket and protest the funerals of fallen soldiers. Yesterday, we had a funeral in our town for a soldier who died in Iraq. The disgusting church, which I will not name here as I don't want people to find my blog when they search for the church (please do not name them in your comments, either), jumped in and made arrangements to protest at the funeral. Now, I don't know how many of my fellow readers are fortunate enough to live in a small town, but they are the most wonderful places. The townspeople, upon discovering the funeral would be picketed, immediately organized themselves. Many thanks to the Patriot Guard Riders who helped with this event.
I would estimate that somewhere between 1500 and 2000 people showed up in support of the family. Many people came in from neighboring towns. The whole goal was to block the protesters from the view of the family. The townspeople were incredibly successful, with many thanks to the city. The city assigned them to an area where the funeral home could be seen, but where they could be blocked by other people. The city also only allowed them a protest permit for the minimum amount allowable under law, 45 minutes. They could start and 12:15 and must be finished and gone by 1:00, which is the time that the funeral began. I can tell you, from the funeral home, all views of these disgusting people were blocked, and the family did not see them.
I also love the fact that the restaurants and other businesses in town refused service to them, and from what I have heard, the local motels refused to allow them rooms when they called. There were signs that read "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" all over town.
My heart swells with pride for the way that the town stood up to these people. There were police everywhere, and the state police were in town as well. The people came, did their protest in vain, and left. The following pictures do no justice to the sheer number of people lining the streets along the funeral home (I'm not a great photographer, and all I had with me was my cell phone camera).
God bless our troops. God bless America.
Have a blessed Sunday.
Somehow, this video seems fitting today.