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UploadedNovember 18, 2010
TakenNovember 17, 2010
ModelCanon EOS REBEL T1i
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.6
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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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  • Dan Richards

    Dan Richards (Deleted) said (17 Nov 2010):

    Westboro Baptist Church, should be removed from any religious or civic register, but with the Progressive movement, this will likely not happen.

    Glad to see the people that respect the country and the fallen showed in force and unity to pay tribute to this fallen warrior. Also glad to see they showed up to protect the family and the honor of this man from the animals from that Westboro Baptist Church animals (because of their actions, not their religion).

  • John Lombardo

    John Lombardo said (18 Nov 2010):

    I would not pin this as a result of the Progressive movement(which I believe is not going to last very much longer), but more of a radical viewpoint, which is allowed under the constitution. What we stood for yesterday was the fact that we appreciate his sacrifice to give us the right to be there and protest the protest. Those people from the Westboro Baptist Church obviously take their right to do the terrible things they do forgranted, because if they didn't, there would be no protesters at soldiers' funerals.

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