Saturday, June 03, 2006


Yesterday, a fallen American hero was buried in Fargo, ND. Michael Hermanson was killed while proudly serving our country in Iraq. Mr. Hermanson's parents were presented with a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and other awards on behalf of their precious son. My gratitude and blessings go to Michael Hermanson and his family.

There was a problem at the funeral, however, that everyone should be aware of - MPR: A quiet standoff at Fargo soldier's funeral. It seems there is a hate group from Kansas who make it a point to visit funerals of these fallen patriots and protest them for their sins. This protest group from Kansas is The Westboro Baptist Church. The church claims the death of our American Soldiers is divine retribution from God for America's tolerance of homosexuality. I am not making this up, this group is really wacko! The banner on their web page states "God Hates Fags" - Now, I will be blunt. No political correctness bullshit on this site. I am not a fan of these deviants, either. Not in any way whatsoever. This church, however, is carrying this much too far. Their web site is filled with material such as, "Here are your typical fag-ass American Soldiers". I hope you are getting mad. I am steaming. I do not like homosexuals but, to list our American Soldiers as typically 'fag-ass' bothers me to no end. Yes, they publish this garbage and a whole lot more vile stuff. To protest at a funeral is plainly disgusting, anyway. This is a pure example of low-life at it's finest.

All is not bad, though. Another group called The Patriot Guard Riders showed up at the funeral, also. This honorable group of motorcycle riders make it a point to show up at these funerals (only when requested by the family) to be a buffer between the dirtbag protesters and those in mourning. I can not say enough good things about The Patriot Guard Riders. They make it clear that they themselves are not protesters. They are there simply to honor America's fallen heroes and, as stated earlier, to buffer the mourning family from improper intrusion. If ever you see this group or any member thereof you should shake their hands and thank them for the greatness that they do. I love these guys.

Below is what they have posted on their site. I do not post this to infringe on them in anyway and if any member of their group wants me to delete this from here I will do so immediately. I post this in honor of what they do and what they stand for. Thank You patriots.

Why Do We Ride?
PGR Member Laurel B. Dinsmore May 8, 2006
Why do we do this, you ask?
Why bother to stand out in wind and rain for someone unknown?
Why do we ride through torrents chilled to the bone?
The answer is simple: "Because, Never Again!"
Never again will they return home in shame,
Never again will wearing their uniform cause them pain.
Never again will we forget why they serve.
No, Never Again.
But still I hear you say "Why does it matter to you?"
"They aren't your friends,
your brothers, your sisters,
your father, your mother."
War is a sad time for many; it is sad but true.
So, why do you gather in the gap between their families and their foes?
The answer is simple: "Because, Never Again!"
Never again will grieving parents, families and friends alone bear mourning's toil.
Never again will hard-won freedom of speech be used to debase and destroy.
Never again will their sacrifice be dishonored upon their home soil.
No, Never Again.
Why do we gather, why do we ride?
Why travel this country far and wide?
We remember our grandfathers, fathers, brothers and others yet to come.
We stand proud through tears reflecting their courage and pride.
Because, Never Again.
That's why we ride.
Written in memory of:
Henry C. Barrows ~ Army, WWI (Great-Uncle)
Cecil A. Bray ~ Army paratrooper, WWII (Father)
In honor of:
Garrett C. Bray ~ Navy, Viet Nam (Brother)
Donald A. Dinsmore ~ Marines & Army (Husband)
All Patriot Guard Members
Laurel B. Dinsmore May 8, 2006

The effectiveness of this group is amazing. When the evil 'Westboro Baptist Church' found out that the heroic 'Patriot Guard Riders' were going to make an appearance at the funeral they quickly backed down. Only a handful of the 'evils' showed up. Over 150 Patriot Guard Riders made an appearance. You got to love it.

God bless Michael Hermanson and all his comrades. God bless all members of The Patriot Guard Riders. Don't forget - if ever given the honor of running into any of these individuals - thank them and let them know how much they are appreciated.

Today, the Kansas protesters plan to bring their signs to the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Posivio in Welcome, Minnesota. I am sure the patriots will be their, also, to show their respects. Amen, brother. My gratitude and blessing to this family, also.

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