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KcMizzou
11-09-2010, 07:30 PM
A Moving Example Of Exceptional Heroism And Patriotism
Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 9:43 am

Sometimes seemingly ordinary people do some very extraordinary things. When they do, they are called heroes.

Heroism is never by design — it is always the result of urgent necessity and is identified by selfless action and exceptional courage to protect and defend others. It is the ultimate reflection of values, principles and ideals that stand far above any one individual.

I read a story this weekend about a group of heroes and patriots that touched me deeply and made me very proud to be an American.

Here’s the story, along with my commentary:

On Saturday November 8, 2010 the residents of the small town of Weston, Missouri (population less than 2000) came together as a community to effectively block an objectionable protest at the funeral of one of their own defenders of freedom — fallen soldier Sergeant First Class C.J. Sadell who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan on October 24.

The failed protest was staged by Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas and his misguided followers. Here’s a description of this group that I found online:

The Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is a small virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group that regularly stages protests around the country, often several times a week. The group pickets institutions and individuals they think support homosexuality or otherwise subvert what they believe is God’s law.

Sergeant Sadell left behind a wife and two children in defense of his country — his funeral was merely a “convenient” public platform to expand the radical and extremist views of Mr. Phelps and his followers.

My first reaction to Mr. Phelps and his low level band of shameful opportunists was to swiftly compare them to cockroaches.

But after further consideration and reflection, I determined that embarking upon that path was simply unacceptable — it certainly would not sufficiently bestow honor on the heroic, patriotic citizens of Weston and would be grossly demeaning to a vast majority of cockroaches.

So, I want to focus on the heroes and patriots of Weston and here’s what really touched my heart in a way that few things do:

When the citizens of Weston discovered the application to stage the protest, they came together as a cohesive group to protect the dignity and honor of their fallen solider and preserve respect for grieving friends and family.

They effectively denied the protesters access to the funeral in a non-violent way with flags of all sizes, patriotic music and with sheer numbers of citizens — taking up available parking spots and positioning themselves as human shields for the families and friends of Sergeant Sadell:


I stand with my hand over my heart and tears in my eyes as I reflect upon the amazing courage, honor and respect demonstrated by the brave people of Weston, Missouri and to those from outside their community who also joined them to uphold values that are often taken for granted in this modern day and age — and without the need for violence to do what was right and just for their community.

In a time where our own President seems almost ashamed and embarrassed for the great country that he leads…

The people of Weston have demonstrated — not with words, but with innovative action, courage and patriotism — why this country and her people are and will continue to be exceptional.

I cannot remember a time that I wanted to visit a place, not for the entertainment or attractions, but to simply meet and shake the hands of a community of patriotic heroes. But now Weston, Missouri has landed firmly on my map of places to visit.

If you would like to find out more about Weston, Missouri, please visit their website at: http://westonmo.com/visit/main.html.

My personal message to the citizens of Weston:

Please accept my heart felt appreciation for demonstrating courage in the face of adversity and for rising to the occasion with unwavering patriotism and dignity for which every American can be proud.

Respect and honor are very big deals to me, having served my country to protect her values and ideals — and the people of Weston have certainly earned mine.

Thank you Weston for making me proud to be an American.

http://www.spinzapper.com/865/moving-exceptional-heroism-patriotism/

VIDEO http://www.fox4kc.com/videobeta/5e619f6d-4c1d-4be5-88ac-191f5fd89660/News/Town-Protects-Funeral-from-Protesters

KcMizzou
11-09-2010, 07:31 PM
Video

http://www.fox4kc.com/videobeta/5e619f6d-4c1d-4be5-88ac-191f5fd89660/News/Town-Protects-Funeral-from-Protesters

mikeyis4dcats.
11-09-2010, 07:31 PM
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KcMizzou
11-09-2010, 07:41 PM
I lived there for the first 19 years of my life. It's a pretty cool little town. My uncle and cousin were in the crowd. I didn't even hear about it until afterward.

I'm proud of them for running those bastards off, though.

Lzen
11-09-2010, 07:45 PM
Great story.

Man, I hate my city being famous for those pricks.

teedubya
11-09-2010, 07:47 PM
I wonder how long until one of those Westboro people get murdered on one of these protests.

Lzen
11-09-2010, 07:48 PM
I wonder how long until one of those Westboro people get murdered on one of these protests.

That can't happen soon enough.

Bowser
11-09-2010, 08:12 PM
I wonder how long until one of those Westboro people get murdered on one of these protests.

Seriously. I don't condone it, but it is amazing that somebody hasn't snapped and sniped one of these fucks, or jsut beat some of them to death.

siberian khatru
11-09-2010, 08:16 PM
Weston, huh? That's a liiiiiiiiiiiitle too close to Kansas for my tastes.

KcMizzou
11-09-2010, 08:20 PM
Weston, huh? That's a liiiiiiiiiiiitle too close to Kansas for my tastes.We rarely if ever crossed the river. Those people are crazy!

teedubya
11-09-2010, 08:26 PM
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dtebbe
11-09-2010, 08:33 PM
All I know about Weston is that it's where we used to sell our Tobacco. This makes me proud to be a Missourian!

DT

Psyko Tek
11-09-2010, 08:39 PM
verey nice
they did it the right was


here's the coolest thing in my home town

95069

it wasn't there when I left in 88 but was in 94

love to know who did it

KcMizzou
11-09-2010, 08:40 PM
All I know about Weston is that it's where we used to sell our Tobacco. This makes me proud to be a Missourian!

DTYep, right at the end of Main Street, down by the railroad tracks. Tobacco is hard work. Housing, stripping, etc.

Deberg_1990
11-09-2010, 08:41 PM
McCormicks Whiskey!

KcMizzou
11-09-2010, 08:43 PM
McCormicks Whiskey!Yep...lol

Kyle DeLexus
11-09-2010, 08:46 PM
I lived there for the first 19 years of my life. It's a pretty cool little town. My uncle and cousin were in the crowd. I didn't even hear about it until afterward.

I'm proud of them for running those bastards off, though.

Great town, I go up to the Irish Festival every year and go up to the bar a few times a year.

luv
11-09-2010, 08:55 PM
Absolutely awesome story.

I don't think that the Phelps Clan has even stopped to consider the fact that they are protesting the funerals of people who lived, sacrificed, and died to protect their very right to protest to begin with.

Jenson71
11-09-2010, 08:56 PM
Cool. Tonight I was watching 1000 Ways to Die on SpikeTV, and the setting where the idiot died tonight was my hometown, Waterloo! Apparently my fellow Waterloosians, if they are not on COPS, are hiding behind video game golf screens and getting balls smashed in their heads, killing them.

Chiefs Rool
11-09-2010, 10:14 PM
great stuff! hopefully this happens every time from now on. Like in the movie Signs, when they figured out how to kill the aliens.

Frazod
11-09-2010, 10:26 PM
My friend in the Air Force lived there while he was attending the War College at Leavenworth, and I visited him earlier in the year. Neat little town. Way the fuck off the beaten path, though. Is there a good way to get there from anywhere?

crazycoffey
11-10-2010, 12:13 AM
good town, good story, fuck phelps.

tooge
11-10-2010, 07:30 AM
That is great to see. I'm always inspired when a group of people take their time to do what is right. I would have been equally inspired had they simply let them come and beaten them all to death.

Frazod
11-10-2010, 07:35 AM
good town, good story, fuck phelps.

One day somebody's going to put a bullet through his head. I sure hope they get away with it.

gblowfish
11-10-2010, 03:09 PM
Weston is one of my favorite Missouri river towns. I also like Lexington, Boonville, Hermann and Washington, MO. All are very cool places.

gblowfish
11-10-2010, 03:10 PM
One day somebody's going to put a bullet through his head. I sure hope they get away with it.

A bullet is too quick and painless for Fred.

I hope he has to go to butt sex prison for Tax Evasion.

vailpass
11-10-2010, 03:13 PM
2000 people? Holy shit. I've been to cocktail parties with more people than that.

Earthling
11-10-2010, 03:32 PM
:clap::clap: Damn, it sure is refreshing to read good news for a change...

Frazod
11-10-2010, 03:45 PM
A bullet is too quick and painless for Fred.

I hope he has to go to butt sex prison for Tax Evasion.

It is too quick. But there's something to be said for getting rid of him quickly. A bullet works. Keep in mind he does have hell to look forward to.

Chiefs Rool
11-10-2010, 04:49 PM
One day somebody's going to put a bullet through his head. I sure hope they get away with it.

Maybe a high profile, big shot lawyer would take his case pro-bono and get him off the hook. If I were such a lawyer, I would do it

Earthling
11-10-2010, 04:52 PM
Maybe a high profile, big shot lawyer would take his case pro-bono and get him off the hook. If I were such a lawyer, I would do it

Might be a long line there...