Patriotism is...Pittston.

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UploadedNovember 18, 2010
TakenNovember 17, 2010
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS REBEL T1i
Exposure1/50 sec at f/5
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Focal Length24 mm
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The city of Pittston, Pennsylvania is known for two things: One, being the Quality Tomato Capital of the World, and now a second...being the epitome of American spirit, bravery togetherness. Army Spc. Dale Kridlo was killed in acton while fighting in Afghanistan. His funeral was held at St. John the Evangelist Church(a beautiful 150 year old building) in Pittston. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Topeka, Kansas planned one of their (in)famous "Thank God for Dead Soldiers) protest for Spc. Kridlo's funeral. This is where they made a huge mistake.

As soon as word got out, locals from all over the Wyoming Valley began mobilizing, along with several national groups, The Patriot Guard Riders, Leathernecks, Rolling Riders and many more to Pittston, where they would offset the protest. There were also over 500 regular citizens, some friends, and most complete strangers, all meeting on the streets of Pittston to show that they appreciate the sacrifice that this man gave...and that their voice of pure patriotism would be able to dillute the message of hate from the WBC. And that's exactly what happened.

Pittston is not your average city. In times of trouble and tragedy, our city will come together and form an unbreakable bond. You may think this kind of thing happens everywhere, but not like this...not like this at all. On this day, we helped to overcome the evil that this world creates.

The protesters never showed up that day...

R.I.P. Spc. Dale Kridlo

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