Ok, I'll admit it. I had more than one teary-eyed moment at our town's Memorial Day Parade on Monday. The Veterans for Peace got me. The Navy's unaccompanied singing got me. Even the shy girl leading the tiny horse got me. Ok, so I was feeling a little emotional.
But I almost lost it when the Patriot Guard Riders came by and parked right in front of us for a few minutes. These guys are true heroes.
A couple years ago, when Westboro Baptist Church members traveled to Maine to protest and spread anti-homosexuality hate messages during Sgt. Corey Dan's funeral, the Patriot Guard Riders came to the funeral and created a human shield.
Groups of Riders have been doing this all over the country, and on their website you can read seventeen pages of heartfelt thank you letters. It's pretty amazing.
You can see them in action here. Don't be surprised if you get a little choked up or extra-proud. It's almost impossible not to.