Today we laid to rest Lance Corporal John Farias in my home town of New Braunfels Texas. Yesterday over 1,000 citizens of our town lined a 3 mile long stretch of road holding American and Texas flags, and signs of thanks and condolences honoring John and his family.
Yesterday about 4,000 people attended a special service held for him at Canyon High School, where he graduated from. An estimated 1,000 people attended the services today at Tree of Life Church. We stopped along the highway to pay respect as the procession traveled down IH35 to Ft. Sam Houston to lay his body to rest. Every over pass we drove past was filled with people holding flags. Fire trucks, police cars, paramedics all lined up on the over passes and on the grassy parts of the on and off ramps with their lights flashing.
God bless each and every person who took time out of their day to pay their respects.
God holds a special place in heaven for these guys:
The Patriot Guard Riders.
Sadly the Westboro church traveled to tour little town to protest this funeral, as is their way. The Patriot Riders did what they do best. I just don't know what to say about them. I hold them up, they are heroes. If you happen to see them, be sure to thank them.
I am very proud to be a Texan and a resident of New Braunfels today.
(a special thank you to my friend Lisa who took most of these pictures)