When my cousin was killed in Ir*q, one of the things that surprised us was the way his town lined the streets as the motorcade carrying his body made its way to his grave site. It was so incredibly touching to see them standing there with their flags, honoring my cousin and letting us know that they appreciated the sacrifice and heartache. All of us who were able to attend will tell you that sharing those moments with the town were some of the most meaningful parts of that difficult day.
I wanted to return the favor.
The news reported that Glen Doherty's funeral service was scheduled for this morning. I took three of the kids--Molly, Chloe and Jordan. The other kids either had important school classes or were too young to attend. We ended up getting there very early, so we had plenty of time to find a spot to stand.
Here is a series of pictures of the morning.
This very small, humble place was where a hero lay.
Policemen from many of the surrounding towns were waiting to escort a fallen soldier.
Citizens were still decorating with flags.
Jordan holds tightly to his flag.
Old Glory stands guard.
The fire station had a truck and flag in place for the funeral procession to drive beneath.
Waiting for a hero.
The first group of policemen drives past to secure the other end of the route.
People start to gather.
The crowd gets a bit larger.
A lone, older gentlemen stands beside the firetruck, flag in hand.
Police and fire fighters passed out flags to the waiting crowd.
The crowd gets larger, waiting for Glen...
The presence of all of these people means more than they will ever know to the family who drives past them.
It was cloudy and overcast as the day started, but by the time the funeral procession drove under the flag, the sun was peeking out.
While we waited, I noticed these children running and playing in the grass. Thanks to soldiers like, Glen Doherty, they are FREE to run and play.
Craning to see...and Molly getting ready to video tape.
And here he comes...
The crowd went totally silent as he passed by.
Notice the uniformed men saluting.
And the older man in the red hat...he is starting his salute as well.
It's difficult to see...but gun, helmet and boots are on the back of this truck.
The kids watching were from a local school.
Policemen bring up the rear of the procession.
Glen Doherty...thank you for your service. We are grateful.
Here is video Molly took of a short portion of the procession. If you get the blog via email, you can view the video on YouTube. Click here...Glen Doherty Funeral Procession