Thursday, August 14, 2008

A time and a place....

So as Jone Menke is laid to rest today, the majority of the community is mourning, but yet filled with a sense of pride.

Yesterday was my day "out on the town" so to speak. I took Kyle to work, did some errands, met up with a friend to do scrap booking, back to pick up Kyle for lunch, take him back to work, then shopping, hair cuts, and more shopping. As Kyle and I were eating lunch almost directly across from where the young soldier would have his visitation, we watched helicopters and such flying around and landing on the grounds of our high school (keep in mind we are small town, this doesn't happen...ever ). We saw several unmarked cars around the area along with several military personnel. We knew this was big....important. However what Kyle started to talk about next blew me away. Protesters...of the war...many of them...were expected to be there for the funeral. What? Don't get me wrong, I am not saying people don't have a right to an opinion. There are opinions all over the place out there. After all that what freedom is about right :)? We are able to form our own opinions, and express them, thanks to what? freedom. Great, have your own opinion....but lets have some smarts about it....

Kyle also told me that there were already protesters at the grounds where his funeral will be held (the burial will be on the state hospital grounds where Kyle works about 1/4 mile from his shop). Seriously? Is that really the time and the place? Please let them have their own opinion, express it all they want, but is the funeral the time and the place to express these? The funeral is not for the dead, but for those who are left behind. I am sure that the mother who is burying her son who was just killed in the war will instantly change her mind and welcome the protesters with open arms lamenting on how right they(the protesters) are (catch a slight roll of eyes here). Let this group of family and friends bury their loved one.....let them MOURN their loss. Let them focus on that for just this ONE day. Apparently this is too much to ask of some people.

What is their agenda anyway? They have to get something out of it or they wouldn't do it. Is it publicity? Is it debate? Is it just because it is enjoyable to "stir the pot" so to speak? If they were truly concerned about this family and how they have been effected...they would find another time and another place. But that's just my 2cents.

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