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    I received this E-mail yesterday and thought it was an impressive show of respect. It was nice to read this after reading another post about the flags that were vandalized.

    Showing Respect....

    Pictures at the end, do not miss.

    In Tennessee we really do pull off the road and stop for funerals......nobody moves until the last car has gone by.

    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 Tennessee. 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 1,000 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 Tennessee police 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 leas t two generals, a fist full of colonels, and representatives from every branch of the service, plus the color guard who 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.

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  • #2
    Outstanding post.

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    • #3


      Good one!
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      • #4
        Thanks for this one.

        RIP

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        • #5
          Nice post, but I think I received this email about 6 or 8 months ago. Time to hit Snopes.
          1. Even if you could make something idiot proof they would just go out and build a better idiot.
          2. The road to hell is paved by a hard working asphalt crew of meddlesome legislators.

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          • #6
            Hell, one of the pictures is in Texas! Look at the backwards Texas sign saying 'state inspections'. 2nd to last picture.

            Edit: And the Texas flag.

            I'm sorry to pee in everyone's Cheerios, but I hate bogus forwarded emails with pictures cobbled together purported to be from the same event.

            I can't find it on Snopes, but I know that the Texas flag wouldn't be flying in Tennessee.
            Last edited by Mini-Me; 15 Nov 07, 11:46.
            1. Even if you could make something idiot proof they would just go out and build a better idiot.
            2. The road to hell is paved by a hard working asphalt crew of meddlesome legislators.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mini-Me View Post
              Hell, one of the pictures is in Texas! Look at the backwards Texas sign saying 'state inspections'. 2nd to last picture.
              Then the UPS truck, are those Texas or Tennessee plates on it?
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              • #8
                This is from an actual event a while back.
                May not be the source reported, but it is about respect for a fallen troop-not who said what.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Half Pint View Post
                  Then the UPS truck, are those Texas or Tennessee plates on it?
                  I don't know about the UPS truck, but one of the pictures is obviously from Texas. Look at the second to last picture closely.
                  1. Even if you could make something idiot proof they would just go out and build a better idiot.
                  2. The road to hell is paved by a hard working asphalt crew of meddlesome legislators.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Trung-si View Post
                    This is from an actual event a while back.
                    May not be the source reported, but it is about respect for a fallen troop-not who said what.

                    Not all of it was from the same actual event. Like I said, I received the email 6 or 8 months ago. Same wording except that email said Alabama.

                    Look, I know it is about respect, but do people need to concoct bullshit emails to show respect for the troops? Is that really a good thing?

                    I think there are better ways. Sorry, but I will pull the BS flag on any forwarded email that doesn't pass the smell test. And this one doesn't.

                    So, which ACTUAL event did ALL of these pictures come from?
                    1. Even if you could make something idiot proof they would just go out and build a better idiot.
                    2. The road to hell is paved by a hard working asphalt crew of meddlesome legislators.

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                    • #11
                      Finally found it on Snopes. It is true, but it is from TEXAS. The respect is nice, and I am glad to see it, but why would somebody claim it was Tennessee? Or Alabama?

                      http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/kiehl.asp
                      1. Even if you could make something idiot proof they would just go out and build a better idiot.
                      2. The road to hell is paved by a hard working asphalt crew of meddlesome legislators.

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                      • #12
                        Good to see the respect, no matter when or where to me .
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dgfred View Post
                          Good to see the respect, no matter when or where to me .

                          Absolutely, but I think it is disrespectful to the real town that showed this fine display to change the location in an email.
                          1. Even if you could make something idiot proof they would just go out and build a better idiot.
                          2. The road to hell is paved by a hard working asphalt crew of meddlesome legislators.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mini-Me View Post
                            Finally found it on Snopes. It is true, but it is from TEXAS. The respect is nice, and I am glad to see it, but why would somebody claim it was Tennessee? Or Alabama?
                            That *is* really bizarre... great story, nonetheless.
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                            • #15
                              I looked up the sign in the second to last picture and indeed this was from Texas

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