Sunday, August 21, 2011

Stand for Spencer

I took this information from an article in the Kansas City Star...

The remains of Spc. Spencer Duncan returned to New Century Airport on Tuesday morning. As the family welcomes his body home, community group members are making sure his return is special.
Hundreds of people lined 151st Street between Ridgeview and Murlen in Olathe for the event called "Stand for Spencer."
Three years after enlisting, Spencer Duncan was deployed to Afghanistan. He had been there for less than three months before his Chinook Helicopter was shot down by Taliban forces.
Twenty-nine other Americans perished in the incident on August sixth. It's considered the deadliest attack on US troops in the wars history.
Three of the men killed, including Duncan, were from the Kansas City area

These pictures are from the "Stand for Spencer" facebook page.
It was an amazingly quite, very somber, but awesome mood along 151st as the procession drove by. 
You could see the family riding in their cars behind Spencer's casket and they all just looked at us and cried as they passed by.
In one picture below, you can see one of the Patriot Guard members wiping away a tear as he was riding.
I remember seeing him with his hand over his face and that was one moment that definitely choked me up for sure. 
It was very emotional to see all these people standing on the side of the road for this soldiers ride to the funeral home. 
But, it was also very neat to be a part of.

These are a couple of the pictures that I took.
We stood at a less populated area.  I didn't want to take the kids into that crowd especially since they were expecting protesters.
It did end up getting pretty crowded by us though.
We stood in front of the hospital and a lot of employees came out to stand.
It was so awesome...if you don't mind me saying that again.
Really awesome.

I was glad to take the kids and stand for Spencer.
Cash kept asking me where the solider was.  I tried to explain, but he didn't quite get it.
We were there though and that is all that matters.

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