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A Soldier's Funeral

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bubba Ray Boudreaux, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    If your recall, I posted last week about a soldier who was killed in Iraq a few weeks ago. Along with that, the Governor of OK signed into law last week a bill that would prohibit picketing within 500 feet of the service (it's more detailed than that, but for the sake of brevity, I'll leave it at that). Now we then bring in Fred Phelps and his gang from Topeka, who announced they would have a presence at this service and possibly decide to test the new law. On the other side, we had the Patriot Guard Riders who were personally invited by the deceased soldier's father to attend the service.

    The law enforcement forces were mustererd for possible action at this service. A final approximate count of cops was about at 50 that got detailed to post at the service, doing everything from escort to standing post at points for observation and possible action.

    My own tally of bikers was around 150. I was stationed at the spot were a site was picked out for protesters from the Phelps' gang, along with 5 OHP troopers.

    In the end, we never spotted anyone from the Westboro Baptist Church. Along with all of us and the news media, it was the disappointment we can live with.

    I got to see about 100 American Flags line both curbs of the street for about a half of a block. Standing behind a wall of flags, saluting the hearse carrying a soldier who had made the surpreme sacrifice brought some hard to hold back tears to my eyes. Knowing that when the family took the trip from the funeral home to the church that the streets were lined with citizens the whole way waving flags made me proud to know that a tiny minority of citizens have absolutely no respect for anyone and that the majority of citizens have respect for our fallen soldiers.

    As a veteran of the Army, as a law enforcement officer, I respect the right for people to have any opinion that they feel they are entitled to. As a private citizen, anyone who feels the need to disrespect the sacrifice of a soldier, Marine, airman, or sailor can feel free to kiss my American ass......................

    Thank you Joshua Pearce for your service and sacrifice.................
     
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    good to hear
     
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    Bubba, i will say something i know you and a few others KNOW, but saying it just to say...

    the freedom we have is not free.

    I thank you for your service. Every day i serve in the Corps is another day in my life i would do again. even if it was my last day in the Corps. if i were to go to Iraq and fight again, only to not come back, then so be it. Americans take freedom for granted. some do things just to see if they can be done. all good to a point, but the line has to be drawn somewhere.

    Joshua Pearce did a "job" he may or may not have stood behind. he did what he said he was going to do and paid the ultimate price for it. my condolences to his family and friends. i honor him and respect him.

    i personally do not know JUST why we are in the middle east, but i will say this. even if the HOPE of freedom in Iraq is portrayed by US Service members being there then i will go and stay. as long as it takes. i enjoy the freedoms i have, although less than the average folk. i have 215 days left in the Corps and will miss it big time. i have goals to reach that do not involve the Corps, and due to that i must part ways. my life does not mesh well with too many limitations.

    Semper Fi, and to a somber rest of yet another fallen hero, CHEERS and see you when i get there Josh!!

    Grant
     
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    And to all the others that have made the sacrifice in the name of Freedom.

    John
     
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    Amen.







    Thanks for the update Bubba.
     

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