Saturday, April 01, 2006

ANOTHER MISSISSIPPI SOLDIER LAID TO REST TODAY

As I watched the 10:00 p.m. news last night, something caught my attention. Scrolling across the bottom of my screen was “FUNERAL PROTESTERS”. The Westboro Baptist Church was coming to the funeral of Sgt. 1st Class Christopher L. Robinson,who was killed while serving his country in Afghanistan, Saturday, March 25, 2006.

My first reaction was to call SSM and see if she could give me some advice. Thanks so much SSM. Don’t know what I would have done if it weren’t for your wonderful advice.

The Funeral was today at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Madison, MS. I arrived in Madison shortly after noon, and I could not believe what I saw. The Patriotic Guard Riders were there. Some came from as far away as North Carolina to make sure that the Westboro Protesters did not get anywhere near this soldiers family. What an awesome group. I walked up and ask if I could join them, and was immediately handed a flag.



This is one awesome group.

I can not remember how many military personnel along with family members walked down that street and shook every single person’s hand and thanked each of us for our support. I overheard a Sergeant Major saying that he has never been so proud of the people in the State of Mississippi as he was at that moment.






Mississippi’s Adjutant General Harold A. Cross also attended the funeral.



There were law enforcement officers from all across the state of Mississippi, and even saw a few from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The streets were lined with people everywhere as we left the church and made our way to the interstate. Interstate 55 was shut down for approximately 15 minutes as the funeral procession made its way to the Natchez Trace Exit.

The Patriotic Guard Riders lead the procession, so that we could get to the cemetery with our flags before the family arrived. I looked back once we all had all gotten on the interstate and all I could see was motorcycles and police lights. We apparently accomplished what we set out to do, which was to shield the Westboro Protesters.







The sun was hot and my feet were hurting by the time it was all over, but it was worth it to make sure that the protesters were not able to get close to the family.

I learned a lot about the Patriotic Guard Riders today. I met the Mississippi State Captain, Ed Baker, and was told that I did not have to have a motorcycle to join their organization.

These guys and gals sure have their hearts in the right place. They travel many many miles to attend fallen soldiers funerals all across the USA. Their website was temporarly down this week due to so many hits, and they say that they have been averaging about 700 new members a day.

Sorry for such a long post, but wanted to share my day with you all. I was very nervous about going to this funeral, but the minute I saw all those flags flying, I knew that I was in the right place and that I had made the right decision.

As I am pulling up my driveway from my long day, this is what I see.



One Smiling Soldier.

A part of me felt a little guilty about being able to hop right out of my car to snap this picture, when there is a family in Brandon, MS tonight that won't be able to snap a picture of their soldier.

Thanks for letting me share my day with you.

18 comments:

Crazy Politico said...

Very awesome post, and a great group of people.

Thanks for helping that family understand their loss is appreciated.

Call Me Grandma said...

You go girl. You are one awesome mom!

~K said...

Stacy, as I read this post I had goosebumps. I am very proud of you, and have said many times, I Love Your Heart. These pics are as beautiful as you may friend.
I am smiling now seeing that Cutie sitting atop his MOTO. He helps make this woman proud to be an American. Everything you have been through with his deployment all you gave and still give. Then the things Cutie had to endure will never be forgotten.
Hopefully we all can get together in person one day. I would be so pleased.
As ~C said Your One Awsome Mom

Melinda said...

Stacy, the fact that you still take the time to reach out to those in need & to those who have lost what you so readily recognize you still have makes me proud to count you among my friends. Lots of people in times like these agonize over loved ones in harm's way, but try to "put it behind them" when their loved ones come home. Thank you for being among those who recognize the importance of helping others along their journey, wherever it leads them.

Some Soldier's Mom said...

S -- it was all you, girl! I am so proud of you and all those that came to show that Westboro is NOT what America or Americans are about. Thank you for sharing this experience with me and with your friends. {{{{HUGS}}}}

Carla (Some Soldier's Mom)

Greta (hooah wife) said...

SOOOOOOO proud of you!

kbug said...

Wow, great story and wonderful pictures. I've read about the Patriotic Guard Riders on other blogs and have been so proud to call them my countrymen. They truly depict the real American spirit. God bless them all...and you...for what you do.

carol said...

Stacy, I too am proud to call you my friend. And "best" does not even come close to describing our friendship. I am proud of you for all you do to help others in their time of need. I Love You. Carol

yankeemom said...

Thank you, Stacy!! People like you do the world so good!
The Patriot Riders are just so special!
Bless you~

David M said...

Excellent! This is exactly how we should be countering those misguided fools from Westboro Baptist. Drowning out their rhetoric with our speech!

Good Job!

Papa Ray said...

Thanks doesn't cover it, but its all this ol' grunt can give you. But I did send the Patriotic Riders a donation last year.

Their nationwide group is something that no Nation other than our great Nation could have produced.

Thank God for our Nation and its wonderful people,
like YOU.

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

proud fan said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with everyone -- I just came across your blog for the first time and it is wonderful. Thanks so much for all you share, take care!

Politics of a Patriot said...

Here in Missouri, our governor made it illegal to protest at funerals. I think this was excellent. It saddens me that we have a need for people like this group who showed up to protect this funeral, but it is so amazing that we have people like you and this group. Thank you! Amazing pictures.

Psalm 91 Girl said...

My husband and I were at Chris' funeral, too. Wish I'd known you were there; I'd have loved to meet you. And don't feel guilty...Chris Robinson died doing what he loved. As my husband and I were driving down to Madison, he was laughing about some of the crazy things Chris did. He made the statement that Chris would have loved having people laugh at his funeral. During all the years hubby knew him, he could only remember him laughing and pulling practical jokes. He could never remember Chris ever being truly upset with anyone. He was an amazing person.

As crazy as it may sound, we had an amazing time at the funeral. All the old team members hung around the graveyard talking about all the good times they had with Chris and with each other. We stayed for almost two hours! Too bad it took Chris' funeral to get us all together...but Chris would have liked that. He would have loved hearing all the stories...in fact, I'm sure he was listening.

Thanks for standing with the Patriot Guard Riders. It was a wonderful sight to behold.

Psalm 91 Girl said...

Well, I haven't read your blog for a month or so, then I post twice in one day. Sorry...but I thought you would like to see the letter to the editor of the Clarion Ledger from Chris Robinson's wife. It was printed in today's paper.

Robinson family thankful to many

On March 25, just before lunch, my family's world came crashing down ("Metro soldier killed in battle in Afghanistan," March 27) with the news of the death of my husband - Sgt. 1st Class Christopher L. Robinson (2/20th Special Forces Group).

No one could have ever dreamed that while darkness filled my family's world, the sun was beginning to rise with the outpouring of strength, prayers and love in our community.

I give thanks to the Delta Airlines pilots, crew and passengers of flight 725 that transported my husband's body to Jackson and took up a collection for him upon landing on the tarmac; to the governor and his wife; to the mayors and the cities of Brandon, Pearl, Jackson and Madison; police and sheriff's offices of multiple counties; to statewide task force agencies and law enforcement; to the veterans and civilians who saluted, covered their hearts and flew flags; to the businesses that flew their flags at half-staff; to the Patriot Guard for their tremendous support; and the gentle respectful nature of the media.

I cannot say enough about the support and love we received from First Baptist Church of Madison, Wright & Ferguson and Natchez Trace Cemetery and they will forever be appreciated.

I also give thanks for the caring arms of the 20th Special Forces Group who have been absolutely wonderful and treated us like their own family. Without the 2/20th SFG we would not have been able to cope with our loss.

We salute all and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their prayers, support and the respect shown for Chris' ultimate sacrifice. Chris will forever be missed by us and everyone he has ever touched.

Tamara Robinson
Savannah Robinson
Patrick Robinson
Brandon

Stacy said...

Thanks so much Psalm 91 girl. The one day that I don't read the paper.

Call Me Grandma said...

Happy Easter Stacy

Anonymous said...

thank you. This was wonderful. I'm sorry that I haven't seen it until now. I was with chris when he was killed and his family has grieved terribly. Without peoplelike you it would have been even harder. The funeral was absolutely amazing. Again, thanks to you, the patriot riders and all others involved.



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