Respect for a fallen soldier (12 photos)

a soldier funeral 111 Respect for a fallen soldier (12 photos)

In Texas they 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 ):

…We were driving 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 4-H 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 least two generals, a fistful 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.

BACKGROUND: U.S. Army Spc. James M. Kiehl of Comfort, Texas, was killed in action in Iraq on 23 March 2003 when his convoy was attacked near al-Nasiriyah. James had been assigned to a group of mechanics, cooks, and supply clerks from the 507th Maintenance Company out of Fort Bliss, Texas, and his team was ambushed while on their way to repair computers on a Patriot missile launcher. The 22-year-old soldier left behind a wife who was due to give birth to the couple’s first child within the next few weeks.

When the Army first listed James as missing in action, his friends in Comfort (a small Texas town of about 1,200 residents) created an improvised memorial to him which grew daily through additions and messages from friends, residents, and visitors. Since James had stated before he left for Iraq that he did not wish to be buried in a military cemetery, after his parents learned of his death they obtained a plot for him at the private Center Point Cemetery near their home.

On the day of James’ funeral, much of the population of Comfort — many of them bearing U.S. flags — turned out to line the route of his funeral procession in a moving display of community support for a lost friend and a fallen soldier. The images displayed above were captured by James’ 17-year-old cousin, Amy Pierce, and the description accompanying them was penned by his aunt, Vicki Pierce.

James’ aunt also created a memorial web site to James with additional photographs, information, and tributes.

  • Pavlovs Dong

    Chim Chim gave me a rolling brown out. Nice monkey.

  • bigd74

    I am honored to be an American. That being said, I feel joy and grief when I saw this. I was upset that we lost another solider, but and does this in no way make up for it that town showed great patriotism for a fallen local. That man served his country, reguardless what was asked of him or where he was sent he did his duty. I respect him for that and will pray for his family and all of those who did not make it onto a website.

  • Sweet Jimmy

    As an Iraq veteran, I would suggest that some of you folks posting on here talking about a war you don’t understand could best support the troops by going and fucking yourselves. That is all. Thank you.

    • Really?

      I respect anyone that serves in the military, and especially those that serve during wartime in a combat zone. I do however doubt that the grunts that have to do the dirty work fully understand the politics or reasoning that go on behind the scenes back in Washington. Not that anyone outside of that political loop does either, just that you can’t really use the “I’ve been there and you haven’t” excuse to say that other people know nothing or that their opinion counts for less. The reason, that we were given for going to war in Iraq was to search for and destroy weapons of mass destruction. That quickly fell apart when none were found then it became a “liberate the nation” mission. They’ve been “liberated” for years and now it’s a wait until the nation stabilizes mission. So tell those of us on the outside of the military, what really is going on over there? Because to anyone paying attention, it’s a mess.

      • Sweet Jimmy

        “I respect anyone that serves in the military, and especially those that serve during wartime in a combat zone. I do however doubt that the grunts that have to do the dirty work fully understand…”.

        Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining. You can’t say you respect us and then turn around and say we’re too dumb to understand. I’m not having a debate with someone who’s too dumb to hide their ignorance and by the way… you can still go fuck yourself.

        • Really?

          I like how you cut my sentence off to make it look like I simply said you don’t understand (anything at all). So you’re telling me that Pvt. John Doe is involved in every general’s meetings and the administration’s decisions? Don’t put words in other people’s mouths. I never called anyone dumb. Not being fully informed, like like Pvt I mentioned, is not the same as being unintelligent.

          I’m not really sure where the piss down my back statement is coming from….I DO respect you for the work you’ve done as well as others. My father served in Vietnam. My grandfather was in France in ’44. I’m not a flag-burning jerk that’s bad mouthing the military. My point was that just because you, and others, were there, you shouldn’t dismiss other people’s opinions just because they weren’t. For example, the microcosm that was my Dad’s experience…I would be idiotic to say that fully demonstrated the entire Vietnam war. I’ve heard from Desert Storm vets. One told me that all they did was play volleyball every day. Another vet told me about pushing into Iraq and some action that they saw. Are these two experiences the same? No, so how can you say that a single soldier knows what’s going on more than someone else?

          Show me where I’ve been ignorant? Where did I say I was a know-it-all? Where did I say I knew more about the war then you did? I asked you to explain to us what is going on since you think we’re all so left in the dark but you refused to do so. You were the one that initially said we know nothing and now doesn’t want to tell us what we don’t know.

          • Really?


            Jimmy, all I did was say that I’m an outsider and here is what it looks like on the outside. I never once, and never will, bash the work you and other vets have done. I didn’t post anything about cheering for killed vets or calling anyone a baby killer. I agree with you that anyone that posts those kinds of statements is just being an idiot, and yes should go fuck themselves. I do also think that other people can have an opinion which may or may not be valid, regardless of whether or not they have ever served. I wasn’t trying for a second to piss you off or to put you down. My statement about a soldier not being fully informed wasn’t meant to sound like they’re dumb. I just meant that they only have their own experiences and it’s impossible for any one person to fully understand something so big. The same goes for us, the civilians, who never served.

            • D

              Don’t worry Jimmy, he’s just another Liberal Elite with his “Don’t hate the troops, hate the mission” attitude. Any one with half a brain knows the fucking game. There are plenty of us out here who appreciate what our soldiers are doing.

            • Really?

              @D (since the reply button is missing)

              riiiiiiiiigt “D”, I’m a liberal. Talk about completely missing the mark with that one. Just because I’m not a rah-rah, pom-pom carrying cheerleader on the sidelines doesn’t make me liberal. I didn’t question the war or the effort. I was told that I know nothing so I said – here is what we were told and even asked what was really going on. God forbid anyone quesion a vet! They must be liberal and anti-war right? Wrong! Are you denying that we were told the reason for going into Iraq was to search for WMDs? I voted for GWB and like a lot of people, feel deceived to say the least.

              It is REALLY that hard to understand what I originally said? I think the “you haven’t been there so you don’t understand” statement is a lame one for ignoring some people. YES, I agree that people who say things against the war or against the troops, merely for the sake of pissing others off or just to jump on the anti-war bandwagon are idiots. Take a deep breath, relax, and re-read my statements. Where am I against the troops or the mission at all? I’m not sure if it’s possible to be against the mission since the mission now is a very unclear one. As someone that’s back here in the U.S., we haven’t really been told what the mission is lately…have we? The last I heard we’re just waiting for some stability before the troops are brought back. Am I wrong? I wasn’t, and am not asking that sarcastically. What is the current objective in Iraq? Is it waiting for stability? Is it to just keep fighting insurgents?

        • Really?

          @Sweet Jimmy –

          “I’m not going to debate”

          translation –

          “I don’t really have the answers so I’m going to just run away now”

  • Americans..

    Damn your heads are filled with BS from your gov.. You do not protect the world you freaking idiots… You are the reason that war exists…….. I wold love to see the USA get fucking nuked by the middle east, north korea, russia ore some other contrie you fuckers tryed to rape…

    • Big Bob

      Of course you don’t mention your outstanding country and all the wonderful work they have done. Come on, tell us where you live and lets look back through history…

      • D

        Hmmm, apparently another intellectual superior. Man, it’s hard to believe how intelligent the rest of the world is. I wish we had access here in America to the same knowledge that everybody else has.

        All of these foreigners seem to know everything there is to know about America. This guy is exactly the reason why the majority of Americans should have little respect for persons of most other nations. They never once think that maybe they have been lied to; fucking elitists. In their minds they are superior in knowledge and nobody can tell them differently. They are themselves, what they claim to hate about Americans……

  • gozer

    The show of respect is amazing, and so are the comments…but in two, very different ways.

    • ben

      they are different because the comments are REAL and the photo story is PROPAGANDA. just imagine how long the procession would be for the hundreds of thousands of iraqi’s our service members have murdered.

      • D

        Hippie faggot! Go live in Europe with the rest of the elitist queers……

  • gnarbucketz

    Good thing the WBC didn’t catch wind of this & show up with their picket signs.

  • Anon

    They did this for my cousin in Arizona too… It was amazing to watch it first hand.

  • John G

    Did he die for his country or government policy?

  • mith1215

    Simper Fi

  • Bill Newman

    Some time check out the Highway of Heroes in Canada. I'm glad to see americans doing the same

  • Carl Gustav

    I understand the differences of opinion, but please TRY to understand: us soldiers have offered up our lives to defend our countries – but we serve the ELECTED government that dictates policy & where we go/what we do! It doesn't matter if we agree or disagree w/ what our governments do! We believe w/ every fiber of our bodies that we're doing what's right to protect our families at home !!! Enough to die for it….
    Here's a US perspective on how we, here in Canada, honor our fallen:

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  • wwesn31

    Here's a story NBC did on it.

  • Cathy Howarth

    Does anyone know how to contact the photographer or person who has rights to the Remember Their Sacrifice photo. We are checking into using it on our city war memorial. thank you so much for any help you might be able to give.

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