Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: Patriot Guard Riders line street with American Flags for Police Officer Sean A. Collier who was killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
All over the world people have seen the news and witnessed the shocking events of last week in Boston near the end of the city’s iconic marathon. Sadly, those events, and those that followed, claimed the lives of four innocent people. Funerals for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath began this past Sunday, with the first service held for Kristie Campbell.
Teamsters Local 25
Unfortunately, not everyone planned to pay their respects to Kristie Campbell. The Westboro Baptist Church had planned on infiltrating the lines of mourners and picket the funerals of the victims. However, in the spirit of the Patriot Guard Riders, the citizens of Boston, and Teamsters Local 25, united to ensure there were no signs of Westboro Baptist Church members within the area of the funeral. Westboro planned on picketing the funerals as a way of calling attention to, what they claim, is the real reason behind the bombings. The Church believes they were an act of God carried out in retribution to the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts for supporting same sex marriage. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same sex marriage. Thankfully no one from Westboro Baptist Church showed up.
It all began in 2005 when the Westboro Baptist Church began targeting services held for fallen soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Patriot Guard Riders was formed out of a clear desire to allow family members to grieve for those who risk their lives for America’s freedom and security. It has since evolved to include the funerals of law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, all first responders, and any active duty member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces from all previous wars and conflicts.
MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and laid to rest on Wednesday. The Patriot Guard Riders were there, at the request of the family, to pay their respects.
A special thanks goes out to all those from Teamsters Local 25 that ensured the Westboro Baptist Church would not disrupt the funerals of the Boston Marathon bombing victims and to the Patriot Guard Riders that started it all with their fierce determination to ensure fallen heroes are laid to rest in a respectful and peaceful manner.
To learn more about the Patriot Guard Riders and to get involved – membership is open to anyone – head to http://www.patriotguard.org/