Tuesday, September 12, 2006

From the mailbag

I hope this example of Nanderthallic, old fasioned, emotional and 'uncool' respect doesn't spoil some Liberals Soy milk-mocha-double apricott-aribbicca bean $15-a-cup-Latte; since this ISN'T how they support the troops.

What follows is a message from Vicki Pierce
about her nephew James' funeral (he was serving our country in Iraq):

"I'm back, it was certainly a quick trip,
but I have to also say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my
life. There is a lot to be said for growing up in a small town in Texas.
The service itself was impressive with wonderful flowers and sprays, a
portrait of James, his uniform and boots, his awards and ribbons. There was
lots of military brass and an eloquent (though inappropriately longwinded)
Baptist preacher. There were easily 1000 people at the service, filling the
church sanctuary as well as the fellowship hall and spilling out into the
parking lot.
However, the most incredible thing was what
happened following the service on the way to the cemetery. We went to our
cars and drove to the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with
lights flashing and some other emergency vehicles, with Texas Rangers
handling traffic. Everyone on the road who was not in the procession,
pulled over, got out of their cars, and stood silently and respectfully,
some put their hands over their hearts.

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 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.

I've attached some pictures, some are blurry
(we were moving), but you can get a small idea of what this was like. Thanks
so much for all the prayers and support."

These photos are awesome!!

Sorry, the pics got lost in forwarding.

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